Agapanthia (Agapanthia) suturalis (Fabricius, 1787)
[= Agapanthia ruficornis Pic, 1918]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia suturalis
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

The depicted species differs from Agapanthia cardui (Linnaeus, 1767) by distinctly attenuate (or even acuminate) elytra at apex, broadly clothed in yellowisch pubescence [❖]. The species occurs in Sicily, Spain, North Africa, Turkey and Near East. According to Gianfranco Sama, for this species, the oldest available name seems to be Agapanthia suturalis (Fabricius, 1787). Further clarification of nomenclatural status and distributional ranges of A. cardui complex is needed. The part of the last published work about [✧] the taxonomy of this group very well explains the status of this valid species.

Body length:6 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - July
Host plant:polyphagous in various herbaceous plants (Carduus, Cirsium, Knautia, Centranthus, Silybum)
Distribution:Sicily, Spain, North Africa, Turkey, Near East

The depicted beetles were collected: (MH) on Cirsium sp. in area of Akrotiri (Ακρωτήρι) village environs (Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekeli, United Kingdom - Cyprus Island) on April 5, 2008; (DR) in Argelès-sur-Mer environs (Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie, France) on June 22, 2019.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec and Daniel Rydzi

Sama G.:
Atlas of the Cerambycidae of Europe and the Mediterranean Area.
Volume 1: Northern, Western, Central and Eastern Europe. British Isles and Continental Europe from France) excl. Corsica to Scandinavia and Urals..
Nakladatelství Kabourek, Zlín (Czech Republic), 173 pp. [ISBN: 80-86447-04-3].

Sama G.:
Notes on the genus Agapanthia Serville, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Agapanthiini).
Boletín Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 42: 123-127, 2008. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia suturalis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SpeciesAgapanthia (Agapanthia) suturalis (Fabricius, 1787)