Deroplia genei (Aragona, 1830)
ssp. genei (Aragona, 1830)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DESMIPHORINI
Deroplia genei genei
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Deroplia genei genei, in Europe rare species developing in oak in xerothermic localities, has been described as Saperda Genéi from Ticino river valley near Turbigo "Vallis Ticini prope Turbigo" (North Italy) by Aloysius Aragona in 1830 [❖]. Larvae of D. genei genei very often if not predominatly feed in oak branches which are attacked by the Buprestidae species Coerebus florentinus or Coerebus fasciatus [✧]. Pupation after 2 years of the larval development during late summer. Adults hatch in autumn and at this time they are leaving pupal cells and hibernate at the foot of trees in forest litter. Beetles, which are active from March to June, are crepuscular / nocturnal and can be beaten from dying or dead oak branches and twigs.

Body length:6 - 10 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:March-June
Host plant:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

The depicted specimen was reared from eggs layed by female found in Plášťovce (South Slovakia).

Collected by J. Vávra

Aragona A.:
De quibusdam Coleopteris italiae novis aut rarioribus.
Bizzoni, Ticini Regii 8: 31 pp [pages 25-26], 1830. [download pdf icon]

Adlbauer K.:
Das Vorkommen von Stenidea genei (Aragona) in Österreich (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Koleopterologische Rundschau 61: 181-182, 1991. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Révision du genre Deroplia Dejean, 1835.
Biocosme Mésogéen 110 13 (2): 23-64, 1996. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Desmiphorini Thomson, 1860
Genus: Deroplia Dejean, 1835
Species: Deroplia genei (Aragona, 1830)
Subspecies: Deroplia genei genei (Aragona, 1830)