Etorofus (Etorofus) pubescens (Fabricius, 1787)
[= Strangalia pubescens (Fabricius, 1787)]
[= Pedostrangalia (Neosphenalia) pubescens (Fabricius, 1787)]
[= Etorufus pubescens (Fabricius, 1787)]
[= Leptura obscura Thunberg, 1787]
[= Leptura holosericea Fabricius, 1801]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Etorofus pubescens
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Etorofus pubescens
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec, 1999 / Fuji Provia 100 35 mm film scan]

Etorufus pubescens, an elegant flower visitor of preserved montane and submontane forests of Europe, has been described from Sweden as Leptura pubescens by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1787 [▽]. The biology of the species is not completely known. The larvae were reported from moist, moderately decaying pine wood, where they also pupate. Life cycle lasts three years. Adults, active from June to August, are diurnal and anthophilous [❖][✮][✳].

Body length:12 - 16 mm
Life cycle:3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:pine (Pinus spp.)
Distribution:Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Litva, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, European Russia

The depicted mounted beetles were collected on flowers (Apiaceae) in Spišská Nová Ves-Novoveská Huta environs (Spišská Nová Ves district, Košice region, Slovakia) on July 21, 1992. The living speccimens were photographed in Aich-Assach environs (Liezen district, Styria, Austria) on July 3, 2022.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec and Daniel Rydzi

Fabricius J.C.:
Mantissa insectorum sistens eorum species nuper detectas adiectis characteribus genericis, differentiis specificis, emendationibus, observationibus.
Proft, Hafniae, 1: 348pp [page 148], 1787. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [pages 231-232], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 294-295], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Tamutis V. and Alekseev V.:
A survey of Lepturinae Latreille, 1802 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of the south-eastern Baltic region (Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Region).
Biologija 66 (4): 169-235, 2020. [download pdf icon]

Etorofus pubescens
[Photo © Milan Sláma]

Etorufus pubescens is a highly variable taxon in elytral colouration, with the dominant colour being yellow or brownish-yellow, rarely black. Sometimes the elytra may have differently shaped black spots.

Etorofus pubescens
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Etorofus pubescens
Etorofus pubescens
Etorofus pubescens
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusEtorofus Matsushita, 1933
SubgenusEtorofus Matsushita, 1933
SpeciesEtorofus (Etorofus) pubescens (Fabricius, 1787)