Chlorophorus capensis (Laporte de Castelnau & Gory, 1841)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Chlorophorus capensis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Chlorophorus capensis, a species known from South Africa and also from Arabian Peninsula, has been decribed as Clytus capensis from Cape Province (South Africa) by French entomolgists Francis Louis Laporte de Castelnau and Hippolyte Louis Gory in 1841 [▽]. It is not yet clear whether the occurrence of this species on the Arabian Peninsula is natural or an introduction.

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1-2 years [?]
Adults in:depends on region
Host plant:probably polyphagous in broadleaf trees - development in Ficus sp. reported in Saudi Arabia [✩]
Distribution:Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa

The depicted beetle was reared from larva found in Ga-Sekgopo village environs (S23°39′27″ E29°52′52″; 826 m a.s.l., Limpopo province, South Africa) on November 22-24, 2021.

Collected by our friend Roman Rejzek

Laporte de Castelnau F.L. and Gory H.L.:
Monographie du genre Clytus.
Histoire naturelle et iconographie des insectes coleopteres, Paris, 3 [1836], 124pp, 1841. [download pdf icon]

Holzschuh C.:
Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Saudi Arabia: Part II, Prioninae and Cerambycinae.
Fauna of Saudi Arabia 13: 110-129, 1993. [download pdf icon]

Chlorophorus capensis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusChlorophorus Chevrolat, 1863
SpeciesChlorophorus capensis (Laporte de Castelnau & Gory, 1841)