Parmena pubescens, a species occuring in almost entire Mediterranean region, has been described as Lamia (Dorcadion) pubescens from Algeria by Johan Wilhelm Dalman in 1817 [✧].
Its East Mediterranean subpecies, P. pubescens pilosa, has been described from Peloponnese (Greece) as Parmena pilosa by Auguste Gaspard Brullé in 1832 [✮].
The position of the taxon pilosa is the subject of debate and controversy, and by some authors it is considered a separate species. P. pubescens pilosa develops in stalks of herbaceous plants
and on the dead stalks of the host plants it can be also frequently found. It is a nocturnal species, and therefore, it is necessary to inspect the plants at night.
|Body length:||5 - 10 mm|
|Life cycle:||1 year|
|Adults in:||April - October|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in herbaceus plants (Euphorbia, Crithmum)|
|Distribution:||Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia|
The depicted mounted beetles were collected at night on a host plant (Euphorbia characias wulfenii) in
Sevid environs (60 m a.s.l., Split-Dalmatia county, Dalmatia, Croatia) on July 29, 2012. The living specimens were photographed on the rock shamphire (Crithmum maritimum)
growing in a narrow zone next to the sea in Grebaštica village environs (Šibenik-Knin county, Croatia) on June 20, 2011.
Collected by David Navrátil and Nikola Rahmé
J.W. Dalman in Schönherr C.J.:
Appendix ad C. J. Schönherr Synonymiam Insectorum. Descriptiones Novarum Specierum Insectorum.
Scaris, Lewerentziana 1 (3): 1-266, 1817.
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): 1-400, 1832-1836.