Deroplia (Deroplia) troberti (Mulsant, 1843)
ssp. cruciata Sama, 1996

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

Deroplia troberti, a widely distributed West-Mediterranean species, has been described as Stenidea Troberti from Algeria by Étienne Mulsant in 1843 [❖]. Its subspecies D. troberti cruciata, endemic to Crete (Greece), has been described by Gianfranco Sama in 1996 [✮]. D. troberti larvae develop in dying or freshly dead thin branches and twigs of various broodleaf trees and bushes, but its preferred host plant is Nerium oleander.

Body length:6 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:September - May (the maximal activity in winter)
Host plant:polyphagous in dead twigs of deciduous trees (Quercus, Nerium oleander, Pistacia, Laurus)
Distribution:subspecies endemic to Crete

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae feeding in thin terminal twigs of Nerium oleander collected in Stomio environs (9 m a.s.l., Chania region, Crete, Greece) on June 22, 2018.

Collected by David Navrátil

Mulsant É.:
Description de quelques Coléoptères inédits.
Annales des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles d'Agriculture et d'Industrie, Lyon 6: 276-286 [pages], 1843. [download pdf icon]

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

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDesmiphorini Thomson, 1860
GenusDeroplia Dejean, 1835
SubgenusDeroplia Dejean, 1835
SpeciesDeroplia (Deroplia) troberti (Mulsant, 1843)
SubspeciesDeroplia (Deroplia) troberti cruciata Sama, 1996