Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) kruszelnickii (Szczepański & Karpiński, 2017)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Pilemia kruszelnickii
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) kruszelnickii, recently described by Wojciech Szczepański and Lech Karpiński [❖], is and endemic Greek Pilemia closely related to Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) hirsutula (Frölich, 1793) and Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) moreana (Breuning, 1943). This interesting species is distributed exclusively within the continental part of Greece (Thessaly region).

P. kruszelnickii differs from two related and the most similar species (P. hirsutula and P. moreana) by a considerably larger body size (ca. 1.5× longer). The body length of the examined species of P. moreana and P. hirsutula did not exceed 9 mm while the length of P. kruszelnickii ranged from 10 to 14 mm. Furthermore, P. kruszelnickii has a brighter pubescence compared to the other species. There is also a difference in the length of the antennae of P. moreana, which are noticeably longer in both sexes. The antennae of the males of P. hirsutula and P. kruszelnickii do not reach the end of the elytra, whereas in the males of P. moreana, the antennae usually reach its ends. Moreover, there are clear differences in the morphology of the lateral lobes [❖].

Body length:10 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Phlomis samia
Distribution:endemic to continental part of Greece (Thessaly region)

The depicted mounted beetles were collected on the host plant (Phlomis samia) ca. 2 km SE of Vlachava (Thessaly, Greece) on June 6, 2016. The living specimens were captured on the host plant (Phlomis samia) in Meteora (Μετέωρα) environs (Thessaly, Greece) on May 24, 2022.

Collected by our friends Lech Kruszelnicki and Daniel Rydzi

Szczepański W.T., Karpiński L.:
A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Greece.
Zootaxa 17 4268 (1): 141–146, 2017. [download pdf icon]

Pilemia kruszelnickii
Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) kruszelnickii[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Pilemia kruszelnickii
Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) kruszelnickii[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusPseudopilemia Kasatkin, 2018
SpeciesPilemia (Pseudopilemia) kruszelnickii Szczepański & Karpiński, 2017