Neoxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)
[= Toxotus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]
[= Oxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: OXYMIRINI
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Oxymirus mirabilis, a Caucasian-Transcaucasian species occuring in South Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, North Iran and Turkey, has been described from Tbilisi/Tiflis environs (Gergia) as Toxotus mirabilis by Victor Ivanovitsch Motschulsky in 1838 [✮]. The larvae of this beautiful beetle develop in the decaying wood of many deciduous trees (hornbeam, oak, beech, hazel, goat willow). Adult larvae leave the wood mass in the autumn, overwintering in the soil, and here they also pupate. Adult, active in May and June, is diurnal and anthophilous.

Species, originally assigned into Oxymirus genus, was put into new subgenus Neoxymirus by Miroshnikov in 2013 [❖], eventually Mikhail Danilevsky elevated this subgenus into genus rank in 2014 [✧].

Body length:15 - 25 mm
Life cycle:3 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (e.g. Carpinus, Quercus, Fagus, Corylus, Salix caprea)
Distribution:Caucasian-Transcaucasian species occuring in South Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, North Iran, NE Turkey

The depicted mounted beetles were found on blossoming Crataegus in Zānūs (زانوس) environs (1730 m a.s.l., Kojur District, Nowshahr County, Māzandarān province, North Iran) on May 26, 2019. The living beetles were collected in: (PK) - Rikoti pass (რიკოთის უღელტეხილი) environs (N42°03′04″ E43°29′32″; 1000 m a.s.l, Likhi Range, Shida Kartli region, Georgia) on May 15, 2024; (SK) - Goryachy Klyuch (Горячий Ключ) environs (Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia).

Collected by David Navrátil, Petr Jelínek, Martin Švarc and Sergey O. Kakunin

Motschulsky V.I.:
Coléoptères du Caucase et des Provinces Transcaucasiennes, recueillis et décrits par T. Victor.
Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 11 (2): 175-188, 1838. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
Разделение рода Oxymirus Mulsant, 1863 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) на подроды [Division of the genus Oxymirus Mulsant, 1863 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) into subgenera].
Humanity space - International Almanac 2 (3): 453-463, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M. L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1 (3): 1-522, 2014. [download pdf icon]

Neoxymirus mirabilis
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Martin Švarc]
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Sergey O. Kakunin]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusOxymirini Danilevsky, 2014
GenusNeoxymirus Miroshnikov, 2013
SpeciesNeoxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)