Herophila veluchiana (Breuning, 1943)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: LAMIINI
Herophila veluchiana

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Herophila veluchiana, a endemic montane species occuring in Greece, has been described from Greece as Dorcadion veluchianum by Stephan Breuning in 1943 [▽]. Taxon was synonymized with Herophila tristis tristis (Linnaeus, 1767) by Gianfranco Sama in 2010 (in Löbl & Smetana, Catalogue of Paleartic Coleoptera) and subsequently, after check several specimens from the type area (Pindos mountains, Greece), ressurected as a valid species in 2018 (Rapuzzi P. and Sama G. ❖).

According to the unpublished opinion of Mikhail Danilevsky (and also our opinion), the status of the species and sister taxon Herophila moreana Rapuzzi et Sama, 2018 is debatable and requires a thorough analysis using all available modern taxonomic methods.

Body length:14 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years [?]
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Astragalus spp.
Distribution:an endemic species to Greece


The depicted mounted beetles (brown male) was collected on the host plant (Astragalus sp.) in Neraida (Νεράιδα) village environs (1500-1600 m a.s.l., Pindos Mts., Trikala, Thessaly, Greece) on May 26, 2018. The black male and female were reared from larvae found in Astragalus roots in the same locality.

Collected by David Navrátil


[▽]
Breuning S.:
Nouveaux Cérambycides paléarctiques (1re note).
Miscellanea Entomologica 40 (9): 89-104, 1943.

Breuning S.:
Revision der Dorcadionini (Col. Ceramb.)
Abhandlungen und Berichte aus dem staatlichen Museum für Tierkunde in Dresden 27: 666pp [page 243], 1962. [download pdf icon]

[❖]
Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
New taxa and notes on the systematic of palearctic Longhorn-Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 13 (1): 1-39, 2018. [download pdf icon]



 
SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusLamiini Latreille, 1825
GenusHerophila Mulsant, 1863
SpeciesHerophila veluchiana (Breuning, 1943)