[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov]
Lampropterus femoratus, a common spring flower visitor distributed from Balcan peninsula to Caucasus, Transcaucasia and Near East, has been described from South Russia as Necydalis femoratus by Ernst Friedrich Germar in 1823 [▽],
|Body length:||6 - 10 mm|
|Life cycle:||1 - 2 years|
|Adults in:||May - July|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Acer etc.)|
|Distribution:||Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Iran, Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria|
The depicted mounted male beetle was beaten from a blossoming Christ's thorn (Paliurus spina-christi) near Erdemli (Mersin province, Turkey) on June 29, 1997.
The living female beetle was photographed on flowers near Jermuk (Jermuk municipality, Vayots Dzor province, East Armenia) on June 14, 2012.
Collected by M.Rejzek, Tamás Mémeth and M.Hoskovec
Insectorum species novae aut minus cognitae, descriptionibus illustratae.
Coleopterorum Species. Hendelii et filii, Halae Volumen primum. Coleoptera: xxiv + 624pp, 1823.