Drymochares starcki Ganglbauer, 1888


Drymochares starcki
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Drymochares starcki, a species occuring in Gergia nad South regions of Russia, has been described from Sochi environs (Southern Russia) by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1888 [▽]. D. starcki larvae develop in the decaying, strongly decomposed wood of various deciduous trees (Fagus, Quercus, Betula, Castanea, Corylus, Buxus, etc.), often in the butt of the stumps. Pupation in wood in April-May, life cycle at least 2 years. Adults, active in June-August, are nocturnal and often fall into soil traps [✧].

Morphology of genus Drymochares has been well described by Petr Švácha and John F. Lawrence in 2014 [✮].

Body length:♂♂ 8.7 - 18 mm / ♀♀ 13 - 19 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Quercus, Betula, Castanea, Corylus, Buxus, etc.)
Distribution:Georgia, Russia (south regions)

The depicted beetle (♂ 14 mm) was collected in Rikoti Pass (რიკოთის უღელტეხილი) environs (N42°03′13.4″ E43°29′38.3″ ; 1700 m a.s.l., Likhi Range, Caucasus Mts., Shida Kartli province, Georgia) on June 24-30, 2014.

Collected by E. Vaschenko

Ganglbauer L.:
Ein neuer Drymochares aus dem Kaukasus.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 32 (2): 398, 1888. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [page 359], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Švácha P. and Lawrence J.F.:
Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera. Volume 3: Morphology and Systematics (Phytophaga). 2.4 Cerambycidae Latreille, 1802
In Walter de Gruyter, Handbook of Zoology 3: i-xii (Richard A.B. Leschen & Rolf G. Beutel, Eds.), 676pp [pages 77-177], 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaSpondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832
TribusSaphanini Gistel, 1856
GenusDrymochares Mulsant, 1847
SpeciesDrymochares starcki Ganglbauer, 1888