Agapanthia (Smaragdula) persicola Reitter, 1894

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia persicola
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Agapanthia persicola
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

The taxonomy of the subgenus Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004 is very complicated and there are many very contradictory views among cerambycidologists regarding the validity and real existence of many taxa. A comprehensive and detailed revision of the Smaragdula by our colleague and friend Karel Hodek from the summer of 2021 attempts to answer many questions concerning this issue [▽].

Body length:7 - 11 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:thistles (Asteraceae)
Distribution:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Turkey [✧]

The depicted living beetles were collected on undetermined thistle in alpine meadows near village Semyonovka (Սեմյոնովկա) in altitude 2200-2400 m (6 km SE of Dilijan; borders between Gegharkunik and Tavush provinces, Armenia) on June 3, 2012. The mounted beetle was collected near Minudast (Khorasan province, NE Iran).

Collected by Michal Hoskovec, Petr Jelínek and Martin Rejzek

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]

Özdikmen H.:
Turkish Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839 with identification keys (Coleoptera: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 8 (1): 9-40, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia persicola
Agapanthia persicola
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) persicola Reitter, 1894