Callergates gaillardoti (Chevrolat, 1854)
[= Ergates gaillardoti Chevrolat, 1854]
[= Ergates akbesianus (Pic, 1900)]

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: ERGATINI

Callergates gaillardoti
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Callergates gaillardoti (Chevrolat, 1854) [❖] occurs in Dodecanese islands of Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. C. gaillardoti larvae develop in dead decaying trunks and stumps of the pine trees (Pinus pinea, Pinus sylvestris, Pinus brutia, Pinus nigra, Pinus halepensis). Pupation occurs in the wood (in pupal cell) in the spring and summer. Life cycle at least 3 years. Adults, active from May to August, are crepuscular, nocturnal, and are attracted to light. The species is often accompanied by its close relative Ergates faber (Linnaeus, 1767).

Body length:25 - 65 mm
Life cycle:at least 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:pine (Pinus)
Distribution:Dodecanese islands of Greece (Rhodes, Samos, Lesbos), Cyprus, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon [▽][✧]

The mounted beetles were reared from pupae found in pine trunk in Kolympia environs (Rhodes Island, Greece). The living beetles (PJ) were reared from larvae found in dead pine in Cyprus in April 2022. The living female (TN) was collected in Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (Ehden environs, Zgharta district, North Governorate, Lebanon). The living beetles (AW) were reared from larva feeding in dead pine trunk found in Epta Piges environs (Rhodes Island, Greece) on May 20, 2012.

Collected by Lech Kruszelnicki, Petr Jelínek, Tamás Németh and Adam Woźniak

Chevrolat L.A.A.:
Coléoptères de Syrie (Suite).
Revue et Magasin de Zoologie, Paris 7-8: 479-486, 1854. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Cihan Tüzün N.:
Distribution of Callergates Gaillardoti (Chevrolat) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Prioninae) in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 13 (1): 70-75, 2018. [download pdf icon]

Drumont A. and Dauber D.:
First record of Callergates gaillardoti Chevrolat, 1854 from Lesbos Island, Greece (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae).
Lambillionea 110 (3) [2010]: 291-292, 2011. [download pdf icon]

Callergates gaillardoti
Callergates gaillardoti
Callergates gaillardoti
Callergates gaillardoti
Callergates gaillardoti
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Callergates gaillardoti
[Photo © Tamás Németh]
Callergates gaillardoti
Callergates gaillardoti
[Photo © Adam Woźniak]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusErgatini Fairmaire, 1864
GenusErgates Audinet-Serville, 1832
SpeciesCallergates Lameere, 1904
SubspeciesCallergates gaillardoti (Chevrolat, 1854)