Pidonia (Pidonia) lurida (Fabricius, 1792)
[= Leptura lurida Fabricius, 1792]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: PIDONIINI
Pidonia lurida
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

Pidonia lurida, an European species of mixed forests, has been described from "Hercynian Forest" (Western Central Europe) as Leptura lurida by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1792 [✧]. P. lurida larvae develop under bark of dead roots or trunk's basal parts of both deciduous and coniferous trees. The last autumn before pupation larvae leave the host trees, enter soil and pupate there during following spring. Life-cycle two years. Adults, active from May to early August, are diurnal and anthophilous [❖][✮].

Body length: ♂♂ 9 - 11.3 mm / ♀♀ 8.5 - 13 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:polyphagous in coniferous and deciduous trees (Fagus, Picea)
Distribution:Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine

The depicted living beetles were found on flowers in Broumy village environs (Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area, Rakovník district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) on May 28, 2022.

Collected by Miroslav Polcar

Fabricius J.C.:
Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum classes ordines, genera, species adjectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus.
Hafniae, C. G. Proft 1 (2): xx + 538pp, 1792. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [page 214], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 208-209], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Pidonia lurida
Pidonia lurida
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Pidonia lurida
Pidonia lurida
Pidonia lurida
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusPidoniini Zamoroka, 2022
GenusPidonia Mulsant, 1863
SubgenusPidonia Mulsant, 1863
SpeciesPidonia (Pidonia) lurida (Fabricius, 1792)