Phytoecia (Phytoecia) pubescens Pic, 1895
[= Phytoecia glaphyra K. Daniel, 1906]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia pubescens

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia (Phytoecia) pubescens, a species occuring in Southeastern Europe, Turkey, Near East, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, and Iran, has been described as Phytœcia manicata var. pubescens by Maurice Pic in 1895 [❖]. The same beetle was described as Phytoecia glaphyra by Karl Daniel in 1906 [✧]. Although Maurice Pic subsequently promoted his variety to a species, specimens of this taxon appeared in the literature often under Daniel's name glaphyra or were often misdetermined as Ph. manicata. It was not until 1993 that Mikhail Danilevsky solved the problem by restituting the taxon Ph. pubescens [▽]. Ph. pubescens is close to Phytoecia (Phytoecia) icterica (Schaller, 1783) from which it differs mainly by the totally black hind and middle legs.

Body length:6 - 9 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Apiaceae
Distribution:Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Russia: South European Territory, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

The depicted mounted specimens were captured in Kasristskali (კასრისწყალი) village environs (615 m a.s.l., Vashlovani National Park, Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia) on May 16, 2017.

Collected by M.Harnych

Pic M.:
Sur les Phytæcia voisins de punctum Mén. et ephippium Fab..
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 11 (126): 63-70, 1895. [download pdf icon]

Daniel K. and Daniel J.:
Neue paläarktische Koleopteren.
Münchener Koleopterologische Zeitschrift 3: 170-187, 1906. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Some preliminary results of the type-material study of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Paris.
Russian Entomological Journal 2 (1): 47-50, 1993. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SpeciesPhytoecia (Phytoecia) pubescens Pic, 1895