Pedostrangalia (Neosphenalia) verticalis (Germar, 1822)
[= Strangalia verticalis Germar, 1822]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Pedostrangalia verticalis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Pedostrangalia verticalis, a common flower visitor distributed predominantly in Balcan countries, has been described from Dalmatia (Croatia) as Leptura verticalis by Ernst Friedrich Germar in 1822 [✧]. Biology of the species is still unknown, but larval development probably occurs in decaying wood of deciduous trees. Adults, active from May to July, are diurnal and anthophilous [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 10 - 14.5 mm / ♀♀ 12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, European part of Turkey

The depicted beetle was collected on flowers in Kelefa (Κελεφά) village environs (East Mani municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 30, 2021 and in Katafigio Agrias Zois Kampos (Καταφύγιο Άγριας Ζωής Κάμπος) park (Karyes environs, Sparta municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 20, 2022, respectively.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Germar E.F.:
Augusti Ahrensii Fauna Insectorum Europae.
Fauna Insectorum Europae 5: 1-25. Halae impensis C. A. Kümmelii, 1822. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 299-300], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Pedostrangalia verticalis
Pedostrangalia verticalis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusPedostrangalia Sokolov, 1897
SubgenusNeosphenalia Löbl, 2010
SpeciesPedostrangalia (Neosphenalia) verticalis (Germar, 1822)