Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) moreana (Breuning, 1943)
[= Phytœcia (Pilemia) hirsutula var. Holtzi Pic, 1952]
[= Phytoecia hladilorum Holzschuh, 2006]
[= Pilemia hirsutula moreana (Breuning, 1943)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Pilemia moreana
Pilemia (Pseudopilemia) moreana[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Pilemia moreana, a rare endemic species to Peloponnese (Greece), has been described from Nauplion environs as Phytœcia (Rubrophytœcia) moreana by Stephan Breuning in 1943 [✩]. The taxon status and genus/subgenus status changed during the following decades, the taxon was even described again as Phytoecia hladilorum [✮]. It is currently considered a separate species again [❖].

Body length:7 - 11 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Lamiaceae (probably Phlomis and Stachys)
Distribution:an endemic species to Peloponnese (Greece)

The depicted living beetle was collected in Daras (Δάρας) environs (Levidi minicipal unit, Tripoli, Arcadia regional unit, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 26, 2021.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Breuning S.:
Nouveaux Cérambycides paléarctiques (1re note).
Miscellanea Entomologica 40 (9): 89-104, 1943.

Holzschuh C.:
Beschreibung von 51 neuen Bockkäfern aus der palaearktischen und orientalischen Region, vorwiegend aus Borneo und China (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomologica Basiliensa et Collectionis Frey 28: 205-276, 2006. [download pdf icon]

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]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
An overview on the palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Pilemia) Fairmaire, 1864, with a new species Phytoecia (Pilemia) samii sp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (1): 90-108, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
Pseudopilemia - a new subgenus of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Russian Entomological Journal 27 (2): 157-160, 2018. [download pdf icon]

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

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusPseudopilemia Kasatkin, 2018
SpeciesPilemia (Pseudopilemia) moreana (Breuning, 1943)