ssp. betpakdalense (Danilevsky, 1996)
Subfamilia: LAMIINAE / Tribus: DORCADIINI
[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Typical habitats of Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) balchashense betpakdalense, subspecies described by Mikhail Danilevsky in 1996 [✧], are clayey deserts and semi-deserts with scanty 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 P.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, 2013, pp. 103.
Dorcadion balchashense betpakdalense ♂♂ [Photo © P.Jelínek]
Dorcadion balchashense betpakdalense ♀♀ [Photo © P.Jelínek]
Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Dorcadiini Thomson, 1860
Genus: Dorcadion Dalman, 1817
Subgenus: Politodorcadion Danilevsky, 1996
Species: Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) balchashense (Suvorov, 1911)
Subpecies: Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) balchashense betpakdalense (Danilevsky, 1996)