Rhagium (Megarhagium) syriacum Pic, 1892
ssp. syriacum Pic, 1892

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI
Rhagium syriacum syriacum
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Rhagium syriacum, a rare species occuring in Syria and Turkey, has been described from Syria as Rhagium mordax var. syriacum by Maurice Pic in 1892 [▽]. The biology of this interesting beetle is very similar to the related European species R. (Megarhagium) sycophanta (Schrank, 1781).

Body length:13 - 21 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus)
Distribution:Syria, Turkey

The depicted beetle was collected 20 km NW of Erdemli Turkey (Mersin province, Turkey) on May 13-15, 1992.

Collected by Zdeněk Košťál

Pic M.:
Voyage de M. Charles Delagrange dans la Haute-Syrie. Année 1891 (1) Longicornes.
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 61: 413-422, 1892. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusRhagium Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusMegarhagium Reitter, 1913
SpeciesRhagium (Megarhagium) syriacum Pic, 1892
SubspeciesRhagium (Megarhagium) syriacum syriacum Pic, 1892