Agapanthia (Synthapsia) kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817)
ssp. kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Agapanthia kirbyi has been described from Portugal as Saperda Kirbyi by Leonard Gyllenhal in 1817 [✱]. This common, but massive and striking Agapanthia species with a large area of occurrence ranging from Iran to South-West Europe is exclusively connected with mulleins (Verbascum spp.), which are its only known host plants. Turkish authors reported recently several Asteraceae species as a Agapanthia kirbyi host plant [❖], but from pictures is clearly visible that observed beetles belong to the different Agapanthia species, probably from A. dahli group. Interesting is also a different look of Iranian and standard European populations of this taxon...

Body length:14 - 28 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:mulleins (Verbascum spp.)
Distribution:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, South and SE Europe, Caucasus, Turkey, Russia, Slovakia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

The mounted specimens were captured the host plants in Sykourio (Συκούριο) environs (370 m a.s.l., Mt. Ossa, Thessalia, Larissa province, Greece) on May 26-27, 2011 and in Likbin environs (1630-2125 m a.s.l., Āzarbāyjān-e Gharbī province, Iran) on May 28-29, 2017, respectively. The depicted living beetles were collected on the host plant, mullein (Verbascum densiflorum), in: Khndzoresk (Խնձորեսկ; 1290 m, Syunik province, SE Armenia) on June 10, 2012 and in Karadut village environs (Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adiyaman prov., Anatolia, SE Turkey) on May 31, 2011.

Collected by David Navrátil and Michal Hoskovec

L. Gyllenhal in Schönherr C.J.:
Appendix ad C. J. Schönherr Synonymiam Insectorum. Descriptiones Novarum Specierum Insectorum.
Scaris, Lewerentziana 1 (3): 1-266, 1817. [download pdf icon]

Miroğlu M.S., Ateş E., Çikman E., Özgen I.:
Agapanthia kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) For New Hosts.
Proceedings from the conference: IGAC-2019, 1st International Göbeklitepe Agriculture Congress, Harran University Turkey 462-465, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Armenia [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Agapanthia kirbyi kirbyi
Turkey [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSynthapsia Pesarini et Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Synthapsia) kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817)
SubspeciesAgapanthia (Synthapsia) kirbyi kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817)