ssp. opifex Mulsant, 1851
Subfamilia: PRIONINAE / Tribus: ERGATINI
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]
A subspecies known for imited range: from North Africa and parts of Italy - Sicily and Calabria. Distinguished from E. faber faber (Linnaeus, 1761) on the basis of the female pronotum structure - there is a visible smooth surface, a characteristic "mirror". Ecological requirements and development are similar to those of the nominative subspecies.
Body length: 25 - 60 mm Life cycle: several years Adults in: June – September Host plant: oligofagus of coniferous trees, mostly Pinus spp. Distribution: North Africa and Southern Italy
The depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in a dead pine (Pinus) in Casa Milia ad Monte Etna (Sicily, Italy) in June 2010.
Collected by Lech Kruszelnicki and Adam Woźniak
[Photo © Adam Woźniak]
Subfamilia: Prioninae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Ergatini Fairmaire, 1864
Genus: Ergates Audinet-Serville, 1832
Species: Ergates faber (Linnaeus, 1761)
Subpecies: Ergates faber opifex Mulsant, 1851