Stictoleptura (Hesperoleptura) palmi (Demelt, 1971)
[= Leptura palmi Demelt, 1971]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Stictoleptura palmi

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Stictoleptura (Hesperoleptura) palmi, an endemic species to Tenerife Island (Canary Islands), has been described from Tenerife as Leptura palmi by Carl demelt in 1971 [▽]. The species was included in the newly established subgenus Hesperoleptura by Eduardo Vives i Noguera in 2021 [❖]. S. palmi is a relatively very demanding species in terms of habitat requirements, preferring humid laurel forests. Its larvae develop in the stumps and old dead trunks of the Laurus novocanariensis always in an advanced state of saproxilization [❖][✮].

Body length:♂♂ 14 - 21 mm / ♀♀ 18 - 25 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:prefers Laurus novocanariensis, but reported also from Pinus, Erica arborea, Myrica faya
Distribution:endemic to Tenerife island (Canary Islands)

The depicted beetles were reared from pupae found in dead Laurus novocanariensis trunk collected in Santiago del Teide environs (1169 m a.s.l., West Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) on June 24 - July 4, 2019 and in May 2021.

Collected by David Navrátil and Petr Jelínek

Demelt C.:
Beschreibung einer neuen Leptura-Art aus Teneriffa (Coleopt., Cerambycidae).
Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft österreichischer Entomologen 23 (3): 74-75, [1971] 1972. [download pdf icon]

Vives i Noguera E.:
Hesperoleptura nuevo subgénero de Lepturini de las Islas Canarias (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lepturinae). Notes on Lepturinae (21).
Faunitaxys 9 (12): 1-3, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Vives E. and Trócoli S:
Cerambycidae de la Macaronesia (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Faunitaxys 9 (44): 1–50, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Stictoleptura palmi
Stictoleptura palmi ♀ [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Stictoleptura palmi
Stictoleptura palmi
Stictoleptura palmi ♀ [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Stictoleptura palmi
Stictoleptura palmi ♂ [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusStictoleptura Casey, 1924
SubgenusHesperoleptura Vives, 2021
SpeciesStictoleptura (Hesperoleptura) palmi (Demelt, 1971)