Agapanthia (Smaragdula) grosseri Hodek, 2021

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia grosseri

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Agapanthia grosseri, an endemic Anatolian Smaragdula-species, has been described from Erzurum province (Turkey) by Karel Hodek in 2021 [❖]. A. grosseri is a species relatively variable in colour, but basic colour is metallic blue-green (sometimes blue or green). Anterior half of body mostly considerably darker, sometimes even black and without distinct lustre. Host plant is unknown.

Body length:♂♂ 8.1 - 12.2 mm / ♀♀ 9.2 - 12.9 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:unknown
Distribution:an endemic species to North-East Turkey

The depicted beetles (paratypes) were collected in Laleli village environs (N40.41103° E40.6104°; 1420 m a.s.l., Pazaryolu district, Erzurum province, Northeast Anatolia, Turkey) on June 17, 2014.

Collected by our friend Walter Grosser

Hodek K.:
Review of the subgenus Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004, and two new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Laminae, Agapanthiini)
Natura Somogyiensis 36: 81-110, 2021. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini et Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) grosseri Hodek, 2021