Grammoptera (Grammoptera) viridipennis Pic, 1893

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Grammoptera viridipennis
[Photo © Martin Rejzek]

The depicted beetle was reared from larva found in dead oak branch attacked by a fungus resembling Vuilleminia comedens in appearance. Similar to Grammoptera abdominalis the larvae of this species feed centrally in the fungus infested branches and later they create pupal cells perpendicular to the branch axis. The pupal cell leads directly under the bark surface and is not secured by any wad of frass as it is common in other Cerambycidae. Two adults hatched in February 2005.

Body length:5 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:a species endemic to Sicily

Collected by Martin Rejzek in Piano Zucchi S Isnello (1076 m; Italy, Sicily, Madonie).

Sama G. and Schurmann P.:
Coleotteri Cerambicidi di Sicilia.
Animalia 7 (113): 189-230, 1980. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Cerambycidae nuovi o interessanti per la fauna di Sicilia (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 23: 157-172, 2006. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusGrammoptera Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusGrammoptera Audinet-Serville, 1835
SpeciesGrammoptera (Grammoptera) viridipennis Pic, 1893