Vesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866
ssp. conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866

Familia: VESPERIDAE  /  Subfamilia: VESPERINAE  /  Tribus: VESPERINI
Vesperus conicicollis conicicollis
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Vesperus conicicollis, a species occuring in south of Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and Morocco, has been described from Tanger environs (Morocco) by Léon Fairmaire and Charles Coquerel in 1866 [▽]. V. conicicollis larval biology is not known, but with a high probability will be similar to the related species (i.e. development in soil on roots of trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants). Adults, active in late summer and early autumn, are nocturnal and especially males can be attracted by ultraviolet light [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 12 - 18 mm / ♀♀ 18 - 20 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years [?]
Adults in:August - September
Host plant:unknown, probably polyphagous on the roots of trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants
Distribution:Spain (Andalusia), Portugal, Morocco

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in: ♂ - Collado de los Jardines environs (Parque natural de Despeñaperros, Santa Elena municipality, Jaén province, Andalusia, Spain) on August 29, 2022;
♀ - Chiclana de la Frontera environs (Comarca de la Bahía de Cádiz, Cádiz province, Andalusia, Spain) on August 15, 1984.

Collected: ♂ - by our friend Marcos López (to whom we gratefully thank for the depicted donated specimens); ♀ - by Jesus Plaza.

Fairmaire L. and Coquerel Ch.:
Essai sur les Coléoptères de Barbarie, quatrième partie.
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 6 (4): 17-74, 1866. [download pdf icon]

Vives i Noguera E.:
Révision du genre Vesperus Dejean 1821 (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 40 (3-4): 437-457, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Villiers A.:
Coléoptères Cérambycides de l'Afrique du Nord.
Faune de l'Empire Français, ORSC Paris, 5: 1-152 [pages 36-38], 1946. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos / Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte II / Partie II : Cerambycidae, Lepturinae, Vesperidae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 28 (2): 72-84, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Barreda J.M. and Gómez R.S. :
Ampliación de la distribución de Vesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel 1866 (Coleoptera, Vesperidae).
Boletín de la Asociación Española de Entomología 44 (3-4): 559-562, 2020. [download pdf icon]

FamiliaVesperidae Mulsant, 1839
SubfamiliaVesperinae Mulsant, 1839
TribusVesperini Mulsant, 1839
GenusVesperus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesVesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866
SpeciesVesperus conicicollis conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866