Clytus (Sphegoclytus) stepanovi Danilevsky & Miroshnikov, 1985
[= Clytus vesparum stepanovi Danilevsky & Miroshnikov, 1985]

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Sphegoclytus stepanovi
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov]

Clytus (Sphegoclytus) stepanovi, a rare Caucasian member of Clytini tribe, has been described from Krasnodar environs (Russia) as Clytus vesparum stepanovi by Mikhail Leontievich Danilevsky and Alexander Ivanovich Miroshnikov in 1985 [✧]. To a species rank it was elevated by A. I. Miroshnikov in 1990 [❖], and moved to a newly estabilished genus (currently subgenus) Sphegoclytus by Gianfranco Sama in 2005 [✝]. Larvae of C. stepanovi develop in dying or dead branches and stems of deciduous trees, life-cycle at least 2 years. Adults, active in May and June, can be found on blossoming shrubs [✧].

Body length:8 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (e.g. Quercus spp., Ficus carica)
Distribution:South Russia (Caucasus), Georgia

The depicted beetle was captured Russian Transcaucasia (Russia).

Danilevsky M.L. and Miroshnikov A.I.:
Жуки-дровосеки Кавказа (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). Определитель.
[ The Longicorn-Beetles of Caucasus (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). An identification key. ]
Krasnodar, Kuban Agrarian Institute, Station of Forest Protection: 417pp [pages 272-273], 1985. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
К познанию жуков-дровосеков (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) Кавказа. 1.
[ Contribution to the knowledge of the Longicorn Beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of the Caucasus. I. ]
Энтомологическое обозрение 69 (1): 84-92, 1990. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Description of Sphegoclytus new genus of Clytini from Caucasus (Insecta, Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Aldrovandia 1: 69-70, 2005. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusClytus Laicharting, 1784
SubgenusSphegoclytus Sama, 2005
SpeciesClytus (Sphegoclytus) stepanovi Danilevsky & Miroshnikov, 1985