Neoplagionotus bobelayei (Brullé, 1832)
ssp. huseyini Lazarev, 2016
[= Plagionotus speciosus speciosus (Adams, 1817)]

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini

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

Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini, a subspecies occuring in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, European Russia, Turkmenistan and Turkey, has been described originally from Tbilisi ("Tiflis") environs as Callidium speciosum by Michel Adams in 1817 [▽]. Neoplagionotus bobelayei (Brullé, 1832) was divided in three subspecies by Hüseyin Özdikmen and Mohammed Ali in 2016 [✶], though authors used for the species junior primary homonym “Callidium speciosum Adams, 1817” - not Callidium speciosum D.H. Schneider, 1787 (now in Isotomus Mulsant, 1862). The invalid name was regarded by both authors as valid because now both names are used in different genera: “Thus Callidium speciosum Adams, 1817 is not a homonym name anymore and Plagionotus speciosus (Adams, 1817) should be accepted as a valid specific name”. But According to ICZN ”Identical species-group names established for different nominal taxa when originally combined with the same generic name are primary homonyms and the junior name is permanently invalid”. In this way, Maxim Lazarev described and explained the nomenclature problems with this Caucasian subspecies and proposed for it a new name Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini in 2016 [▴].

Body length:11 - 24 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:larvae feed in roots of marshmallows (Alcea, Althaea; Malvaceae)
Distribution:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, European Russia, Turkmenistan, Turkey

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Līkbīn (لكبن‎‎) village environs (1630-2125 a.s.l., Lajan district, Piranshahr county, Āzarbāyjān-e Gharbī province, NW Iran) on May 28-29, 2017. The living specimen (MH) was captured on the host plant, Russian hollyhock (Alcea rugosa), near Vayk (Vayots Dzor province, Southern Armenia) in June 10, 2012. The living specimen (PJ) was photographed in the same locality as mounted beetles on June 6, 2018.

Collected by D.Navrátil and M.Hoskovec

Adams M.:
Descriptio Insectorum novorum Imperii Rossici, imprimis Caucasi et Sibiriae.
Mémoires de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 5: 278-314, 1817. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Ali M.A.:
A new arrangement of Plagionotus (Neoplagionotus) speciosus (Adams) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 11 (2): 278-284, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Lazarev M.A.:
Several taxonomical remarks on Palaearctic Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) with two new names and two new taxa.
Humanity space - International Almanac 5 (supplement 2): 12-17, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
О системе рода Plagionotus sensu lato (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Clytini) [About a system of the genus Plagionotus sensu lato (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Clytini)].
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 1: 49–54, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Vartanis J.:
Neoplagionotus anatolicus sp. nov. - Description of a new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (2): 344-349, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Neoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusNeoplagionotus Kasatkin, 2005
SpeciesNeoplagionotus bobelayei (Brullé, 1832)
SubspeciesNeoplagionotus bobelayei huseyini Lazarev, 2016