Hesperophanes heydeni Baeckmann, 1923

Hesperophanes heydeni
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Hesperophanes heydeni, a species occuring in desert regions of Kazakhstan and Mongolia, has been described from Perovsk (now Kyzylorda/Қызылорда) environs by Julius I. Baeckmann in 1923 [❖][✮]. Larvae of this rare and not often collected species develop in roots of Tamarix. Adults, active in summer months, are nocturnal and can be attracted by light.

Body length:♂♂ 20 - 25 mm, ♀♀ 22 - 27 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years [?]
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Tamarix spp.
Distribution:Kazakhstan, Mongolia

The depicted mounted male beetle was collected in Aral Sea environs (Kazakhstan) on July 28, 1929.

Collected by Julius I. Baeckmann

Baeckmann J.I.:
Zur Kenntnis der Gattung Hesperophanes Muls.' Reitt. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Revue Russe d'Entomologie, Saint-Petersbourg 18 (2-3): 65-68, 1923. [download pdf icon]

Lazarev M.A.:
Голотипы и лектотипы жуков-усачей (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), хранящиеся в Зоологическом музее Московского государственного университета.
[ Holotypes and lectotypes of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) stored at the Zoological Museum Moscow State University. ]
Humanity space International Almanac 8 (10): 1210-1359, 2019. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusHesperophanes Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesHesperophanes heydeni Baeckmann, 1923