Calchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh, 2003


Calchaenesthes pistacivora

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

Calchaenesthes pistacivora, an endemic Iranian species developing in twigs of Pistacia, was described by Carolus Holzschuh from Sirjan, SE Iran in 2003 [❖]. The species had been reported as a pest in Pistacia orchards in Iran [✧][▽]. Detail information about biology of this interesting beetle (...with many pictures) were published in paper by Cornelis van Achterberg and Mohammad Reza Mehrnejad published in 2011 [★].

Body length:8 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - May
Host plant:Pistacia vera, Pistacia mutica
Distribution:a species endemic to Iran

The depicted male beetle was collected on the host plant (Pistacia sp.) in Zīādābād (زياداباد‎) village environs (N29°10′41″ E53°22′41″; 1700 m a.s.l., Jangal Rural District, Central district of Fasā county, Fars province, Iran) on May 14, 2019.

Collected by M. Walczak

Holzschuh C.
Beschreibung von 72 neuen Bockkäfern aus Asien, vorwiegend aus China, Indien, Laos und Thailand (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomologica Basiliensa 25: 147-241, 2003.

Rad H.H.:
Study on the biology and distribution of long-horned beetles Calchaenesthes pistacivora n. sp. (Col.: Cerambycidae): A new pistachio and wild pistachio pest in Kerman province.
Acta Horticulturae 726: 425-430, 2006.

Özdikmen H. & Tüzün C.N.:
Distribution of Calchaenesthes species (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae) in the South-Western Asia.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 13 (1): 157-163, 2018. [download pdf icon]

van Achterberg C. & Mehrnejad2 M.R.:
A new species of Megalommum Szépligeti (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Braconinae); a parasitoid of the pistachio longhorn beetle (Calchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh; Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in Iran.
ZooKeys 112: 21–38, 2011. [download pdf icon]

Calchaenesthes pistacivora

Male genitalia of Calchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh, 2003 in detail: A. lateral lobes, B. subgenital plate, C. aedeagus.
[Photo © David Navrátil]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusCalchaenesthes Kraatz, 1863
SpeciesCalchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh, 2003