Agapanthia (Epoptes) probsti Holzschuh, 1984

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia probsti
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Agapanthia probsti

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Agapanthia probsti, a species endemic to Crete (Greece), has been described from Omalos environs (Crete) by Carolus Holzschuh in 1984 [▽]. The beetle develops in Asphodeline liburnica (Xanthorrhoeaceae). Similarly to other Agapanthia species larvae of Agapanthia probsti feed in stalks of living hosts. The pupal cell is built in the stalk rather than the roots although it may occur very close to ground level. The last instar larva girdles the stalk above the pupal cell and secures the gallery at this point by a wad of fibrous frass. The emerging adult leaves the stalk by biting an oval emergence hole in its side, usually about 1 cm below the cut.

Body length:12 - 16 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Asphodeline liburnica (Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Distribution:an endemic species to Crete

The depicted beetles were reared (hatched in January 1, 2022) from larvae found in Asphodeline liburnica stalk in Georgioupoli (Γεωργιούπολη) resort village environs (N35°22.13′ E24°15.37′; 30-50 m a.s.l., Apokoronas municipality, Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece) in July 1-7, 2021.

Collected by our friend Matěj Čermák

Holzschuh C.:
Beschreibung von 24 neuen Bockkäfern aus Europa und Asien, vorwiegend aus dem Himalaya (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomologica Basiliensa 9: 340-372, 1984. [download pdf icon]

Pesarini C. and Sabbadini A.:
Osservazioni sulla sistematica della tribù Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839 (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano 145 (1): 117-132, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia probsti
Agapanthia probsti
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Agapanthia probsti
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) probsti Holzschuh, 1984