Rhagium inquisitor (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. rugipenne Reitter, 1898
[= Rhagium rugipenne Reitter, 1898]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI

Rhagium inquisitor rugipenne
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov]

Rhagium inquisitor rugipenne, a subspecies of R. inquisitor occuring in North-East Asia, has been described from East Siberia as Rhagium rugipennis by Edmund Reitter in 1898 [▽]. Its larvae develop under the bark of various dead coniferous trees (Pinus, Abies, Picea etc.), development on deciduous trees was not observed. Pupation in the typical pupal cell under the bark at the end of summer, adults overwintering. Beetles, which are active from first warm May days to July, can be found on dead trees, fresh stumps or logs and occasionally visit flowers. Life-cycle 2 years [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 9 - 15 mm / ♀♀ 9.5 - 20 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in coniferous trees (Pinus, Abies, Picea etc.)
Distribution:Russia (from Altai Mts. to Pacific coast), China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea

The depicted male beetle was collected in alluvial forest at Kedrovaya (р. Кедровая) river (N43°06′30″ E131°31′55″; ~100 m a.s.l, 8 km SSE of Barabash, Khasansky district, South of Primorsky krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on May 24, 2015.

Collected by A.Zaicev

Reitter E.:
Neue Coleopteren aus Europa und den angrenzenden Ländern.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 42 (2): 337-360, 1898. [download pdf icon]

Plavilstshikov N.N.:
Les espèces paléarctiques du genre Rhagium F. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Revue Russe d'Entomologie, Saint-Petersbourg 15 (1): 31-49, 1915. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 1 - Prioninae, Disteniinae, Lepturinae, Aseminae.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 304pp [pages 91-96], 1988. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusRhagium Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusRhagium Fabricius, 1775
SpeciesRhagium inquisitor (Linnaeus, 1758)
SubspeciesRhagium inquisitor rugipenne Reitter, 1898