Rhagium (Megarhagium) pygmaeum Ganglbauer, 1882

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI
Rhagium pygmaeum
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Rhagium pygmaeum, known from Azerbaijan (Talysh) and North Iran, was described by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1882 [❖]. Species with bionomy similar to other Rhagium taxa - larvae developing under bark of dead decidous trees, pupation during late summer, adults are overwintering. Beetles, active in spring and early summer, are common flower visitors [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 10 - 16 mm / ♀♀ 14 - 18 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Carpinus)
Distribution:Azerbaijan, Iran

Depicted beetles were collected on blosoming Crataegus in Zānūs (زانوس) environs (1730 m a.s.l., Kojur District, Nowshahr County, Mazandaran province, North Iran) on May 19, 2019.

Collected by David Navrátil

Ganglbauer L.:
Bestimmungs-Tabellen der europäischen Coleopteren. VII. Cerambycidae.
Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 31: 718, 1882.
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Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1 : 1-522, 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusRhagium Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusMegarhagium Reitter, 1913
SpeciesRhagium (Megarhagium) pygmaeum Ganglbauer, 1882