The beetle in the pictures, Clytus kabateki, was described in 1997 by Gianfranco Sama [❖] according to two females collected by our friends
Petr Kabátek and two years later by Martin Johanides in North Syria. The type locality of this species is situated in the An-Nusayriyah mountains (Jibāl an-Nuṣayriyah).
Adults of both the holotype and the paratype females were collected on leaves of deciduous trees at the end of May, or at the beginning of June, respectively.
Some detail information about Clytus kabateki biology are presented in following page.
On our next expedition to the type locality we succeeded in finding two larvae of this remarkable species which we successfully reared. The host plant of this
beautiful and rare beetle is a Quercus species.
|Body length:||13 - 15 mm|
|Life cycle:||2 years|
|Adults in:||May - June|
|Distribution:||Labanon [✧], Syria|
Depicted mounted female (holotype) was collected in Ṣlenfah (صلنفة) environs (1200 m a.s.l., An-Nusayriyah Mts., Latakia governorate, Syria) on May 24-28, 1995.
The living specimen was reared from larva found in the same locality in June 1998.
Collected by Petr Kabátek
Un Nouveau Clytus De Syrie: C. kabateki n.sp. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen (Nice) 14 (1): 49-52, 1997.
Sama G., Rapuzzi P. & Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010.