Pseudovadonia livida (Fabricius, 1776)
ssp. livida (Fabricius, 1776)
[= Vadonia livida (Fabricius, 1776)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Obrium brunneum
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Pseudovadonia livida is a common Eurasian thermophilic species, widespread from Portugal to western China in six recognized subspecies (in Central Europe is distributed nominative subspecies). P. livida is Cerambycid with interesting and unusual larval development in humus particles of soil infested by Scotch bonnet mushroom (Marasmius oreades). Larvae feed on its mycelium and pupate in cocooons in soil. Life-cycle two years. Adults, active from May to September, are diurnal and anthophilous [❖].

Body length:5 - 9 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - September
Host plant:mycelium of Marasmius oreades
Distribution:Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Iran

The depicted mounted beetle was collected in Kulmbach environs (Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) in summer 1972.

Collected by Udo Schmidt

Vitali F.:
Atlas of the Insects of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae.
Ferrantia, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg 79: 1-208 [pages 79-80], 2018.
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SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1804
GenusPseudovadonia Lobanov, Danilevsky & Murzin, 1981
SpeciesPseudovadonia livida (Fabricius, 1776)
SubspeciesPseudovadonia livida livida (Fabricius, 1776)