Gaurotes virginea aemula, a subspecies occuring in Russia (from Ural to Pacific coast), North China, and North Mongolia, has been described from Siberia as Pachyta aemula
by Carl Gustav Mannerheim in 1852 [▽]. The larvae of G. virginea aemula develop under the bark of dead coniferous trees (Picea, Abies, Pinus, Larix).
Before the second winter, the larvae leave the host tree and ovewintering in the pupal cell created in soil. Pupation in the following spring, life cycle 2 years.
Adults, active from May to August, are diurnal and anthophilous [✧].
|Body length:||♂♂ 7.5 - 10 mm / ♀♀ 8 - 11 mm|
|Life cycle:||2 years|
|Adults in:||May - August|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in coniferous trees (Picea, Abies, Pinus, Larix)|
|Distribution:||Russia (from Ural to Pacific coast), North China, North Mongolia|
The depicted beetle was colelcted on flowers at the middle course of the Rogatka (Рогатка) river (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk environs, Sakhalin Oblast, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia)
on July 18, 2011.
Collected by Kirill V. Makarov
Insectes Coléoptères de la Sibérie Orientale, nouveaux ou peu connus, décrits par M. le Comte Mannerheim. Decades Tertia, Quarta et Quinta.
Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 25 (2) 4: 283-387, 1852.
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 145-146], 2014.
Monographie des Genus Gaurotes J. Lec. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Mitteilungen der Münchener entomologischen Gessellschaft 52: 219-252, 1962.