Calchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh, 2003


Calchaenesthes pistacivora
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Calchaenesthes pistacivora, an endemic Iranian species developing in twigs of Pistacia, was described by Carolus Holzschuh from Sirjan, SE Iran in 2003 [❖]. The species had been reported as a pest in Pistacia orchards in Iran [✧].

Body length:8 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - May
Host plant:Pistacia vera, Pistacia mutica
Distribution:a species endemic to Iran

The depicted beetle was collected on the host plant (Pistacia sp.) by our friend Lech Kruszelnicki 40km NE ad Fasa (Fars province, Iran) on May 8, 2017.

Holzschuh C.
Beschreibung von 72 neuen Bockkäfern aus Asien, vorwiegend aus China, Indien, Laos und Thailand (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomologica Basiliensa 25: 147-241, 2003.

Rad H.H.:
Study on the biology and distribution of long-horned beetles Calchaenesthes pistacivora n. sp. (Col.: Cerambycidae): A new pistachio and wild pistachio pest in Kerman province.
Acta Horticulturae 726: 425-430, 2006.

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Trachyderini Dupont, 1836
Genus: Calchaenesthes Kraatz, 1863
Species: Calchaenesthes pistacivora Holzschuh, 2003