Phytoecia (Coptosiella) antoniae Reitter, 1889

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia antoniae

[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Phytoecia antoniae, a striking and rare species occuring in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Turkey, has been described from Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan) by Edmund Reitter in 1889 [✱]. A separate webpage is dedicated to the biology of this interesting species.

This rare and interesting Phytoecia was recently moved by Denis Kasatkin [❖] from subgenus Coptosia into by him newly estabilished subgenus Coptosiella. Our live specimens, photographed in Gori, unfortunatelly doesn't show the real beauty of this Phytoecia species. The dense velvet-like light gray pubescense of freshly emerged adults, typical for this species, was scratched and mostly gone in our captured beetles... On the other hand, the depicted mounted specimens (reared from larvae) were removed from cocoons before their natural emergence, so their beautiful "pelt" is unscratched.

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May
Host plant:still undetermined Apiaceae plant
Distribution:Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Turkey

The depicted living beetle was collected in Gori (გორი) environs (Shida Kartli region, Georgia) on May 11, 2016. The mounted (freshly emerged) specimens were reared from larvae found in roots of still undetermined Apiaceae plant collected 4 km NE of Gori (N42°00′28″ E44°9′37″; 950-1050 m a.s.l., Shida Kartli region, Georgia) on November 26, 2022.

Collected by Petr Papoušek and Petr Jelínek

Reitter E.:
Neue Coleopteren aus Europa, den angrenzenden Ländern und Sibirien, mit Bemerkungen über bekannte Arten. Sechster Theil.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 33 (1): 17-44, 1889. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
A new subgenus of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Russian Entomological Journal 24(2): 127-131, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia antoniae
Phytoecia antoniae
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusCoptosiella Kasatkin, 2015
SpeciesPhytoecia (Coptosiella) antoniae Reitter, 1889