Phytoecia (Helladia) insignata Chevrolat, 1854
[= Phytoecia (Helladia) humeralis v. bethaniensis Pic, 1900]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia insignata
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Phytoecia (Helladia) insignata, an interesting Helladia species occuring in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, has been described from Sidon environs (Lebanon) by Louis Alexandre Auguste Chevrolat in 1854 [✧]. P. insignata larvae develop in stalks and roots of Asteraceae (Silybum marianum, Centaurea hyalolepis). Adults, active from February to early May, are diurnal and can be collected on the host plants [✮][❖].

Body length:6.5 - 9 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:Asteraceae (Silybum marianum, Centaurea hyalolepis)
Distribution:Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria [✳]

The depicted beetles were collected in Dana (ضانا) village environs (Busayra department, Tafilah governorate, Jordan) on April 12, 2022.

Collected by Lukáš Skořepa

Chevrolat L.A.A.:
Coléoptères de Syrie (Suite).
Revue et Magasin de Zoologie, Paris 7-8: 479-486, 1854. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Su alcuni nuovi o interessanti Cerambicidi del medio Oriente (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 13 (supplemento): 91-105, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Cocquempot Ch., Weill P. and Kabátek P.:
Contribution à la connaissance des Coléoptères Cerambycidae de Syrie (Coleoptera)
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 29 (3): 215-224, 2020. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Dejean, 1835
SubgenusHelladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) insignata Chevrolat, 1854