Agapanthia (Epoptes) cynarae (Germar, 1817)
ssp. cynarae (Germar, 1817)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia cynarae cynarae
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Agapanthia cynarae is mainly distributed in S-SE Europe (Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, and former Yugoslavia) and reaches Central Europe where it is very rare. It develops in herbaceous plants (especially in thistles - Carduus, Cirsium, Onopordon, but also in other plants - Aconitum, Acanthus, etc.). Larvae feed in stalks.

Body length:14 - 23 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in: May - June
Host plant:broadly polyphagous in herbaceous plants
Distribution:Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine

The depicted beetles were collected on Cirsium sp. in area of Perivoli village (SW of Corfu Island, Greece).

Collected by M.Hoskovec

Agapanthia cynarae cynarae
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Agapanthia cynarae cynarae
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
Subgenus: Epoptes Gistl, 1857
Species: Agapanthia (Epoptes) cynarae (Germar, 1817)
Subspecies: Agapanthia (Epoptes) cynarae cynarae (Germar, 1817)