Penichroa fasciata (Stephens, 1831)
[= Callidium timidum Ménétriés, 1832]
[= Graecoeme eggeri Adlbauer, 2006]

Penichroa fasciata
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Penichroa fasciata, a widely distributed species occuring in whole Mediterranean region, Asia Minor, Near East, Transacaucasia and Iran, has been described from Norfolk (probably introduced to England) as Callidium fasciatum by James Francis Stephens in 1831 [✧]. Penichroa fasciata is in size and coloration unusually variable species, and it was reason for some mistakes in the description of new WP Cerambycids in the past [❖]. P. fasciata larvae devcelop in dead branches and thinner trunks of many deciduous trees, life-cycle 2-3 years. Adults, active from May to September, are crepuscular/nocturnal and can found on the host trees or attracted by light.

Body length:6 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - September
Host plant:polyphagous on deciduous trees (Juglans, Ficus, Populus, Prunus, Castanea, Ceratonia, Quercus, Vachellia, Pyrus, etc.)
Distribution:whole Mediterranean region, Russia, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran

The depicted mounted beetle was collected in Costa Rei environs (Muravera, Province of South Sardinia, Sardinia, Italy) on June 10, 1984. The living specimens were reared from larvae found in dead branches of fig tree (Ficus carica) in Medulin environs (Istria County, Croatia) in June 3, 2002.

Collected by U. Eitschberger and Michal Hoskovec

Stephens J.F.:
Illustrations of British Entomology or, a synopsis of indigenous insects; containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearence, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable. Mandibulata..
Baldwin & Cradock, London 4: 366pp, 1831. [download pdf icon]

Adlbauer K.:
Graecoeme eggeri gen.n., sp.n. – der erste Vertreter der Oemini aus Europa (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Koleopterologische Rundschau 76: 379–382, 2006. [download pdf icon]

Adlbauer K.:
Synonymisierung von Graecoeme eggeri ADLBAUER, 2006 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Koleopterologische Rundschau 77: 189–190, 2007. [download pdf icon]

Penichroa fasciata
Penichroa fasciata
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec, Fuji Superia 400 35 mm film scan]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusGraciliini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPenichroa Stephens, 1839
SpeciesPenichroa fasciata (Stephens, 1831)