Agapanthia (Smaragdula) izzilloi Rapuzzi, Sama et Kotán, 2013

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia izzilloi
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Agapanthia izzilloi, described by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi, Gianfranco Sama And Attila Kotán from Peloponnese in 2013 [❖], belongs to the homogeneous group of metallic Agapanthia (Smaragdula) - Agapanthia amitina Holzschuh, 1989 from North Iran, Agapanthia pesarini Sama & Rapuzzi, 2010 from Southern Turkey, Agapanthia psoraleae Sama & Rapuzzi, 2010 from Lebanon [✧] and Agapanthia gemella Holzschuh, 1989 from Cyprus. The species for the large size of body is closer with A. gemella but is immediately separable from it by the longer antennae. The antennae ringed in both sex permit to separate the new species from all other species of this group. It is very interesting to note that the this taxon is the westernmost species of a species group widespread from the North-East part of the Mediterranean Sea till the mountains up to the Caspian Sea [❖].

Body length:7 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Arabian pea - Bituminaria bituminosa (L.) C.H.Stirt. (Fabaceae)
Distribution:species endemic to Greece

The depicted beetles were collected on the host plant in Souli (Σούλι) village environs (570 m a.s.l., Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 21, 2018.

Collected by David Navrátil

Rapuzzi P., Sama G. & Kotán A.:
Two new Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835 species from Greece (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 8 (2): 582-587, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. & Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia izzilloi - genitalia
Agapanthia izzilloi genitalia [Photo © David Navrátil]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
Subgenus: Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
Species: Agapanthia (Smaragdula) izzilloi Rapuzzi, Sama et Kotán, 2013