Vadonia grandicollis Mulsant & Rey, 1863
ssp. grandicollis Mulsant & Rey, 1863
[= Leptura bisignata Brullé, 1832]
[= Vadonia bisignata (Brullé, 1832)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Vadonia grandicollis grandicollis
Vadonia grandicollis grandicollis[Photo © M.Daniel Rydzi]

Vadonia grandicollis, a remarkable species occuring in Bulgaria, Greece and North Turkey, has been firstly described from Peloponnese as Leptura bisignata by Auguste Gaspard Brullé in 1832 [✳]. However, due to the preoccupation of the name bisignata (used almost 180 years...), the valid name is grandicollis. It was used in the description of the same taxon from Smyrna (nowadays Izmir in North Turkey) environs by Étienne Mulsant and Claudius Rey in 1863 [✮]. Beetles, active in May and June, are diurnal and anthophilous.

Body length:9 - 18 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years [?]
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:unknown, probably in roots of herbaceus plants as it is known in other congeners (cf. Vadonia unipunctata)
Distribution:Bulgaria, Greece, North Turkey

The depicted beetles were collected on various flowers in Kelefa (Κελεφά) village environs (East Mani municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 30, 2021.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Brullé A.G.:
Expédition scientifique de Morée. Section des Sciences Physiques. Tome III. - Partie. Zoologie. Deuxième Section. - Des animaux articulés.
F. G. Levrault, Paris 3 (1/2): 400pp, 1832-1836. [download pdf icon]

Mulsant É. and Rey C.:
Longicornes nouveaux ou peu connus.
Annales de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon (Nouvelle série) 10 (2): 144-184, 1863. [download pdf icon]

Vadonia grandicollis grandicollis
Vadonia grandicollis grandicollis[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1804
GenusVadonia Mulsant, 1863
SpeciesVadonia grandicollis Mulsant et Rey, 1863
SubspeciesVadonia grandicollis grandicollis Mulsant & Rey, 1863