Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula (Frölich, 1793)
ssp. hirsutula (Frölich, 1793)
[= Phytoecia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula (Frölich, 1793)<]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

Pilemia hirsutula, a widely distributed species iccuring in Central and South East Europe, Near East, Turkey and Central Asia, has been described from Austria as Saperda hirsutula by Josef Aloys Frölich in 1793 [✩]. In Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, Slovakia) this taxon mainly develops in Stachys recta (Lamiaceae). But many other host plants from family Lamiaceae have already been recorded from various localities (e.g. Phlomis, Salvia etc.). Pilemia hirsutula (sensu lato) was moved into a new estabilished subgenus Pseudopilemia by Denis Kasatkin in 2018 [✧].

According to Martin Rejzek et al. [❖] in Iran Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula develops Salvia cf. hypoleuca (Lamiaceae), and in Syria in Stachys pinetorum (Lamiaceae) and Phlomis longifolia.

Body length:6 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Phlomis, Salvia, Stachys
Distribution:Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

The depicted living beetles were photographed in Hungary (TN) and in meadows at southern shore of Van Lake (3 km E of Tatvan, Bitlis province, Turkey) on June 4, 2011 (MH).

Collected by Tamás Németh and M.Hoskovec

Frölich J.A.:
Kritisches Verzeichniß der Oesterreichischen Schneckenkäfer, Saperda Fabr.
Der Naturforscher 27: 128-157, 1793. [download pdf icon]

Rejzek M., Sama G., Alziar G.:
Host plants of several herb-feeding Cerambycidae mainly from east Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen 17 (4): 263-294, 2001. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
An overview on the palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Pilemia) Fairmaire, 1864, with a new species Phytoecia (Pilemia) samii sp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (1): 90-108, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
Pseudopilemia - a new subgenus of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Russian Entomological Journal 27 (2): 157-160, 2018. [download pdf icon]

Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
Pilemia hirsutula hirsutula
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusPseudopilemia Kasatkin, 2018
SpeciesPilemia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula (Frölich, 1793)
SubspeciesPilemia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula hirsutula (Frölich, 1793)