Molorchus (Caenoptera) juglandis Sama, 1982

Molorchus juglandis
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Molorchus juglandis, an interesting species with development in the branches of deciduous trees (Juglans, Prunus), was described from Alanya environs (Turkey) by Gianfranco Sama in 1982 [▽].

Body length:8 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Juglans, Prunus) [☆]
Distribution:Southern Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Georgia, Syria

The depicted mounted male beetle was reared from larva found in dead twig of Prunus ursinus in Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (Ehden environs, Zgharta district, North Governorate, Lebanon) on March 3, 2001. The female was collected in Çamlıyayla environs (1200-1600 m a.s.l., Mersin Province, Turkey) on May 24-26, 2011. The living beetles were reared from larva found in dead twig of Juglans regia in the same Lebanese locality.

Collected by P.Rapuzzi and Tamás Németh

Sama G.:
Contributo allo studio dei Coleotteri Cerambycidae di Grecia e Asia Minore.
Fragmenta Entomologica, Roma 16 (2): 205-227, 1982. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Molorchus juglandis
Molorchus juglandis
Molorchus juglandis
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusMolorchini Mulsant, 1863
GenusMolorchus Fabricius, 1793
SubgenusCaenoptera C.G. Thomson, 1859
SpeciesMolorchus (Caenoptera) juglandis Sama, 1982