Pilemia (Pilemia) halperini (Holzschuh, 1999)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Pilemia halperini

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Pilemia halperini, a very rare species occuring in Israel and Jordan only, has been described from Qusbiye environs (Israel) as Phytoecia halperini by Carolus Holzschuh in 1999 [❖]. P. halperini differs even at first glance (among other things...) from the sister species P. griseomaculata Pic, 1891 by the abundance of irregularly placed isolated white elytral spots on the elytra.

Body length:10 - 11 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:unknown
Distribution:Israel, Jordan [▽]

Depicted beetle was collected in Ajlūn (عجلون) environs (Ajlūn governorate, Jordan) on April 15, 2022.

Collected by our friend Lukáš Skořepa

Holzschuh C.:
Beschreibung von 71 neuen Bockkäfern aus Asien, vorwiegend aus China, Laos, Thailand und Indien (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Schriftenreihe der Forstlichen Bundesversuchanstalt (FBVA-Berichte) 110: 1-64, 1999. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
Notes on the fauna and taxonomy of longicorn-beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of Near East and Transacaucasia. I.
Russian Entomological Journal 30 (3): 297-304, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Pilemia halperini - genitalia

Male genitalia of Pilemia (Pilemia) halperini (Holzschuh, 1999) in detail: A. aedeagus, B. lateral lobes, C. subgenital plate.
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SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SpeciesPilemia (Pilemia) halperini (Holzschuh, 1999)