ssp. betpakdalense (Danilevsky, 1996)
Subfamilia: LAMIINAE / Tribus: DORCADIONINI
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Typical habitats of Dorcadion balchashense betpakdalense, subspecies described by Mikhail L. Danilevsky in 1996 [✧], are clay deserts and semi-deserts with sparse grass vegetation in Betpak-Dala (Бетпақдала) desert NW and southern environs of Karaganda in Central Kazakhstan. Larvae feed on roots of various grass species (Poaceae). Adults feed on above-ground parts of the same plant species. In warm sunny weather, males are actively moving in search of virgin females. Females are less active and usually staying under plants [❖].
Body length: ♂ 14 - 20 mm / ♀ 15 - 22 mm Life cycle: 1 year Adults in: last decade of April - second half of May Host plant: larvae feed on roots of various grass species (Poaceae) Distribution: Central Kazakhstan
The depicted beetles were collected and photographed in North clayey-stony margins of desert near Atasu city (Kazakhstan) on May 4, 2015.
Collected by Petr Jelínek
New taxa of the genus Dorcadion Dalman from Asia (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Lambillionea 96 (2) 2: 407-420, 1996 [download ]
Toropov S.A., Milko D.A.:
Longhorns of the tribe Dorcadionini (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia.
SatEnto, Bishkek, 103pp, 2013. [download ]
Dorcadion balchashense betpakdalense ♂♂ [Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Dorcadion balchashense betpakdalense ♀♀ [Photo © Petr Jelínek]
|Subfamilia||Lamiinae Latreille, 1825|
|Tribus||Dorcadionini Swainson, 1840|
|Genus||Dorcadion Dalman, 1817|
|Subgenus||Politodorcadion Danilevsky, 1996|
|Species||Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) balchashense (Suvorov, 1911)|
|Subspecies||Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) balchashense betpakdalense (Danilevsky, 1996)|