Phytoecia (Helladia) armeniaca Frivaldszky, 1878

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia armeniaca
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia armeniaca, described by Johann Frivaldszky from Diyarbakır environs (SE Turkey) in 1878 [❖], belongs among the most striking Phytoeciini-tribe species thanks to its unusual color and pattern of elytral spots. This taxon, broadly distributed from Iran to Lebanon, has been considered a rarity for decades, but recently is collected much more often thanks to knowledge of its biology. Phytoecia armeniaca was reported by Gianfanco Sama et al. [✧] to be associated with Scorzonera alpigena Grossh. (Asteraceae).

Body length:8 - 12 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Scorzonera alpigena
Distribution:Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

The depicted mounted specimens of this interesting and rare beetle were captured on Scorzonera cf. alpigena in Kasristskali (კასრისწყალი) village environs (615 m a.s.l., Vashlovani National Park, Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia) on May 19-20, 2015. The living one was photographed in Buğlan Geçidi (Buglan Pass) (1600 m; 40 km NNW Muş, Eastern Turkey) on June 10, 2011.

Collected by David Navrátil, P.Jelínek and M.Hoskovec

Frivaldszky J.:
Coleoptera Nova.
Természetrajzi Füzetek 2 (1): 9-12, 1878. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Buse J., Orbach E., Friedman A.-L.-L., Rittner O., Chikatunov V.:
A new catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Israel with notes on their distribution and host plants.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (1): 1-51, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
An overview on the W-palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Helladia) Fairmaire, 1864 with a new subspecies Phytoecia (Helladia) humeralis caneri ssp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (2): 317-343, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia armeniaca
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Phytoecia armeniaca
Phytoecia armeniaca
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Phytoecia armeniaca
Phytoecia armeniaca
[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Phytoecia armeniaca
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Phytoecia armeniaca armeniaca swept from the host plant (Scorzonera) in Kasristskali.

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus:Helladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) armeniaca Frivaldszky, 1878