Agapanthia (Smaragdula) viti Rapuzzi et Sama, 2012

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia viti

Callidium cedri
[Photo © P.Jelínek & M.Hoskovec]

Agapanthia viti, a new Central-European and North/Central Balkan species, is strictly related with A. osmanlis Reiche et Saulcy, 1858. It is easy to distinguish by the denser pubescence on all the upper and lower side. This pubescence is yellowish colored instead ash-colored. The bionomy of this interesting beetle was well described by Sándor Keszthelyi and Dávid Horváth in 2015 [✧].

The complicated taxonomic situation in Agapanthia osmanlis species cluster (comprising following taxa: Agapanthia osmanlis, Agapanthia ozdikmeni, Agapanthia viti and Agapanthia naciyae) was solved by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and Gianfranco Sama in 2012 [❖].

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Dipsacus
Distribution:Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia

The depicted beetles were reared from larva found in dead stalk of Dipsacus laciniatus collected near Kapuvár (Győr-Moson-Sopron county, NW Hungary) in February 2016.

Collected by P.Jelínek

Keszthelyi S. et Horváth D.:
The presence and bionomy of a newly described longhorn beetle, Agapanthia viti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Hungary.
Entomologia Croatica 19 (1–2): 25–30, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
New taxa and new records of longhorn-beetles from Eastern Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 7 (2): 663-689, 2012. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
Subgenus: Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
Species: Agapanthia (Smaragdula) viti Rapuzzi et Sama, 2012