Trichoferus kotschyi (Ganglbauer, 1883)

Trichoferus kotschyi
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Trichoferus kotschyi, a species occuring in South-East Mediterranean region (Samos Island, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey), has been described from Taurus Mts. (South Turkey) as Hesperophanes Kotschyi by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1883 [❖].

Body length:12 - 22 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees and plants
Distribution:Greece [✧], Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

The depicted mounted adults of this very nice Trichoferus species were collected in Erdemli environs (Mersin province, South-West Turkey) in June 1998. Here, it seems to be broadly polyphagous on deciduous trees. Larvae, pupae, and adults of Trichoferus kotschyi were collected in oaks (Quercus spp.}, carob (Ceratonia siliqua), but also in dead herbaceous plants. The living beetle was collected in Lebanon in 2016.

Collected by Martin Johanides and Tamás Németh

Ganglbauer L.
Ueber einige Bockkäfer.
Wiener Entomologische Zeitung 2: 298–300, 1883. [download pdf icon]

Dauber D.:
Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Cerambycidenfauna von Samos (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Linzer biologische Beiträge 36 (1): 81-88, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Trichoferus kotschyi
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus kotschyi (Ganglbauer, 1883)