Agapanthia (Epoptes) nicosiensis Pic, 1927

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia nicosiensis
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Larvae of Agapanthia nicosiensis Pic, 1927 feed in various herbaceous plants such as Echinops spinosissimus, Cynara cardunculus or Asphodelus aestivus. Adults hatch in late autumn and the beetles appear very early next spring.

Body length:19 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants
Distribution:an endemic species to Cyprus

The beetle in the picture was reared from a dead stalk of Asphodelus aestivus collected in the environments of Paphos, Cyprus.

Collected by M.Rejzek

Ambrus R., Grosser W. and Hrbek J.:
Contribution to the knowledge of longhorn beetles from Cyprus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International Almanac 3 (2): 173-190, 2014. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia nicosiensis
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
Subgenus: Epoptes Gistl, 1857
Species: Agapanthia (Epoptes) nicosiensis Pic, 1927