Paracorymbia (Paracorymbia) simplonica (Fairmaire, 1885)
[= Leptura simplonica Fairmaire, 1885]
[= Brachyleptura simplonica (Fairmaire, 1885)][✩]
[= Stictoleptura (Maculileptura) simplonica (Fairmaire, 1885)][✩]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Paracorymbia simplonica
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Paracorymbia simplonica, a rare montane endemic species occuring only in French, Swiss and Italian Alps, has been described from Simplon pass environs (Alps, Switzerland) as Leptura maculicornis var. simplonica by Léon Marc Herminie Fairmaire in 1885 [✧]. Larval morphology, host tree and biology of this less known taxon remain unknown, but probably are similar to sister taxa Paracorymbia (Paracorymbia) maculicornis (De Geer, 1775) or Paracorymbia (Paracorymbia) hybrida (Rey, 1885). Adults, active in June and July, are diurnal and anthophilous.

Body length:7 - 10 mm
Life cycle:2 years [?]
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:probably polyphagous in conifeous trees (Abiesa, Picea, Pinus) [?]
Distribution:Alps (France, Italy, Switzerland)

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Le Boréon ski resort environs (Parc national du Mercantour, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Alpes-Maritimes department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, France) on July 12, 2016.

Collected by Josef Steinhofer

Fairmaire L.M.H.:
Note sur la Leptura maculicornis Degeer, Mulsant.
Revue d'Entomologie, Caen 4: 275-277, 1885. [download pdf icon]

AS F.:
Palaeological consideration about a Paracorymbia hybrida (Rey, 1885) relict station (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lepturinae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 20 (3-4) [2003]: 137-144, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
Myths and reality: critical remarks on M.L. Danilevsky’s monograph, “Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countres. Part 1“.
[ Мифы и реальность: критические замечания по поводу монографии М.Л. Данилевского «Жуки-усачи (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) России и соседних стран. Часть 1». ]
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 12 (1): 181–214, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Paracorymbia simplonica - genitalia

Male genitalia of Paracorymbia (Paracorymbia) simplonica (Fairmaire, 1885) in detail: A. aedeagus, B. subgenital plate, C. lateral lobes.
[Photo © David Navrátil]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusParacorymbia Miroshnikov, 1998
SubgenusParacorymbia Miroshnikov, 1998
SpeciesParacorymbia (Paracorymbia) simplonica (Fairmaire, 1885)