Ergates faber (Linnaeus, 1761)
ssp. opifex Mulsant, 1851

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: ERGATINI

Ergates faber opifex
[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. E. faber opifex has been desribed from Algeria as Ergates opifex by Étienne Mulsant in 1851 [❖].

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

Mulsant E.:
Description de quelques coléoptères nouveaux ou peu connus de la tribu des Longicornes, suivie d'observations sur diverses espèces de cette tribu
Mémoires de l'Académie des Sciences, belles-lettres et arts de Lyon (2) 1: 122-137, 1851. [download pdf icon]

Ergates faber opifex - female
[Photo © Adam Woźniak]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusErgatini Fairmaire, 1864
GenusErgates Audinet-Serville, 1832
SpeciesErgates faber (Linnaeus, 1761)
SubspeciesErgates faber opifex Mulsant, 1851