The beetle in the pictures, Clytus kabateki, was described in 1997 by Gianfranco Sama (Sama, 1997) according to two females collected by our friend Petr Kabatek and two years later by Martin Johanides in North Syria. The type locality of this species is situated in the Abal an Nusayrtah mountains (cf. Figure 1). Adults of both the holotype and the paratype females were collected on leaves of deciduous trees at the end of May, or at the beginning of June, respectively.
On our next expedition to the type locality we succeeded in finding two larvae of this remarkable species which we successfully reared. The host plant of this insect is a Quercus species.
Collected by M.Rejzek.
MH & MR © August 1, 2006