Rhagium (Megarhagium) pruinosum Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2011

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI
Rhagium pruinosum
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Rare endemic Rhagium pruinosum, belonging to Rhagium (Megarhagium) sycophanta cluster, was decribed by Carlo Pesarini and Andrea Sabbadini from Peloponnese in 2011. A species is known so far only from the central part of the Peloponnese (Greece). Ecologically related to oaks (Quercus spp.). Beetles live on trunks and in the crowns of living trees. Adults are relatively difficult to observe on oak trunks due to their perfect mimicry.

Body length:15 - 25 mm
Life cycle:unknown, propably several years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Quercus spp.
Distribution:a species endemic to Peloponnese (Greece)

The mounted female beetles were collected in Peloponnese (Greece). The depicted living beetles were collected by Adam Woźniak in Fanaiti (Φαναίτη) village environs (Arkadia, Peloponnese, Greece) in May 2015.

Pesarini C. & Sabbadini A.:
Note su Cerambycidae di Grecia e Turchia, con descrizione di tre nuove specie e una nuova sottospecie (Coleoptera).
Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara 13: 41-59, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Rhagium pruinosum
Rhagium pruinosum ♂ [Photo © Adam Woźniak]

Rhagium pruinosum
Rhagium pruinosum ♀ [Photo © Adam Woźniak]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusRhagium Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusMegarhagium Reitter, 1913
SpeciesRhagium (Megarhagium) pruinosum Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2011