Deroplia (Deroplia) troberti (Mulsant, 1843)
ssp. troberti (Mulsant, 1843)
[= Stenidea troberti Mulsant, 1843]

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

Deroplia troberti, a widely distributed West-Mediterranean species, has been described as Stenidea Troberti from Algeria by Étienne Mulsant in 1843 [❖]. 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. In Morocco, it often attacks twigs of oleanders, which were heavily damaged or killed by
Derolus mauritanicus (Buquet, 1840). The larval galleries are essentially identical to those of the Cretan subspecies Deroplia troberti cruciata Sama, 1996. Life cycle one or two years. Adults, active from September to May (the maximal activity in January - February), are crepuscular or nocturnal and can be beaten form the host plants [✮].

Body length:6 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:September - May (the maximal activity in January - February)
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Nerium oleander - preferred host, Quercus, Ficus carica, Pistacia lentiscus, Laurus etc.)
Distribution:Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia in Europe, Algeria, Morocco,Tunisia, Cyprus

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae feeding in thin terminal twigs of Nerium oleander collected in Morocco (Tizi-n-Test environs / Asni environs, High Atlas) and Italy (Monte Nieddu environs, Sarróch, Sardinia).

Collected by Petr Kabátek, Jiří Krátký and 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]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte IV / Partie IV : Cerambycidae : Lamiinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 29 (1): 26-65, 2020. [download pdf icon]

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

Deroplia troberti troberti
Deroplia troberti troberti
Deroplia troberti troberti
Deroplia troberti troberti
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

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