Aromia moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. ambrosiaca (Steven, 1809)
[= Cerambyx thoracicus Fischer von Waldheim, 1824]
[= Aromia rosarum Costa, 1855]

Aromia moschata ambrosiaca
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Aromia moschata ambrosiaca, a beautiful subspecies of Aromia moschata (Linnaeus, 1758) with red pronotum, has been described from Caucasus as Cerambyx ambrosiacus by Christian Steven in 1809 [▽]. The biology of A. moschata ambrosiaca, which occurs in the Mediterranean region, Middle East, Caucaus/Transcaucasia and Central Asia, is essentially identical to the nominate subspecies.

Body length:13 - 35 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - September
Host plant:primarily in willows (Salix), rarely in other decidouos trees
Distribution:Mediterranean region (Portugal, central and southern Spain, southern Italy, North Africa), Turkey, Middle East, Northern Iran, Caucasus, Central Asia

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in: (♂S+♀S) - Hoyos del Espino village environs (Ávila province, Castile and León, Spain) on July 22, 2019; (♀T) - Side environs (Monavgat district, Antalya province, Turkey) on June 18, 2003.

Collected by Juan Ferrero, Milan Rozsíval and Ismael Pérez

Steven Ch.:
Description de quelques insectes du Caucase et de la Russie méridionale.
Mémoires de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 2: 31-42, 1809. [download pdf icon]

Aromia moschata ambrosiaca
Aromia moschata ambrosiaca
[Photo © Ismael Pérez]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallichromatini Blanchard, 1845
GenusAromia Audinet-Serville, 1833
SpeciesAromia moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)
SubspeciesAromia moschata ambrosiaca (Steven, 1809)