Agapanthia (Smaragdula) viti Rapuzzi et Sama, 2012

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia viti

[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Agapanthia viti, a new Central-European and North/Central Balkan species, is strictly related with A. osmanlis Reiche et Saulcy, 1858. It is easy to distinguish by the denser pubescence on all the upper and lower side. This pubescence is yellowish colored instead ash-colored. The bionomy of this interesting beetle was well described by Sándor Keszthelyi and Dávid Horváth in 2015 [✧].

The complicated taxonomic situation in Agapanthia osmanlis species cluster (comprising following taxa: Agapanthia osmanlis, Agapanthia ozdikmeni, Agapanthia viti and Agapanthia naciyae) was solved by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and Gianfranco Sama in 2012 [❖]. A comprehensive and detailed revision of the entire taxonomically difficult subgenus Smaragdula by our colleague Karel Hodek was published in the summer of 2021 [▽].

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Dipsacus
Distribution:Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae and pupae found in dead stalks of Dipsacus laciniatus collected in Vitnyéd village environs (N47°35′19″ E16°59′29″; Kapuvár district, Győr-Moson-Sopron county, Hungary) in April 2008/2009 and February 2015.

Collected by David Navrátil, Pavel Jelínek and Petr Jelínek

Keszthelyi S. et Horváth D.:
The presence and bionomy of a newly described longhorn beetle, Agapanthia viti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Hungary.
Entomologia Croatica 19 (1–2): 25–30, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
New taxa and new records of longhorn-beetles from Eastern Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 7 (2): 663-689, 2012. [download pdf icon]

Hodek K.:
Review of the subgenus Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004, and two new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Laminae, Agapanthiini)
Natura Somogyiensis 36: 81-110, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) viti Rapuzzi et Sama, 2012