Osphranteria coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850
ssp. coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850


Osphranteria coerulescens coerulescens
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

The nominate Osphranteria coerulescens coerulescens is distributed in Iran. Larvae of this insect feed in living twigs and branches of various Rosaceae (Prunus, Amygdalus etc.) and ocassionally when too abundant can cause damage to fruit trees.

Body length:10 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:Rosaceae

The adults emit a characteristic scent probably serving as a chemical defence used by the beetles to protect themselves against would be predators such as insectivorous birds.

Osphranteria coerulescens coerulescens
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callichromatini Blanchard, 1845
Genus: Osphranteria Redtenbacher, 1850
Species: Aromia coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850
Subspecies: Osphranteria coerulescens coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850