Oxylia duponchelii (Brullé, 1832)
[= Saperda atomaria Frivaldszky, 1837]
[= Oxylia duponcheli (Brullé, 1832)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI
Oxylia duponchelii
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Oxylia duponchelii
[Photo © Sergei O. Kakunin]

Oxylia duponchelii, a remarkable species occuring in South-East Balcan peninsula (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia) and North-West Turkey, has been described from Peloponnese as Saperda Duponchelii by Auguste Gaspard Brullé in 1832 [❖]. The beetles, which are in suitable steppe and ruderal localities common, develop in roots of Echium and the adults are often collected on the host plants.

Body length:14 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Echium
Distribution:Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey

The living beetle was collected on the host plant (Echium italicum) in Gola Monastery (Ιερά Μονή Γόλας) environs (Farida municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 29, 2021. The depicted mounted beetle (20 mm) was collected on the host plant in Vlacherna (Βλαχέρνα) environs (Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 28, 2009.

Collected by N. Kiss

Brullé A.G.:
Expédition scientifique de Morée. Section des Sciences Physiques. Tome III. - 1.re Partie. Zoologie. Deuxième Section. - Des animaux articulés.
F. G. Levrault, Paris 3 (1/2): 400pp, 1832-1836. [download pdf icon]

Oxylia duponchelii
Oxylia duponchelii
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusOxylia Mulsant, 1863
SpeciesOxylia duponchelii (Brullé, 1833)