Leioderes tuerki (Ganglbauer, 1885)
[= Phymatodes bodemeyeri (Reitter, 1903)]
[= Phymatodes türki (Ganglbauer, 1885)]

Leioderes tuerki
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Leioderes tuerki develops in Quercus and Juglans but it is likely that also other deciduous trees serve as its host. It is a crepuscular to nocturnal species. The beetles start to activate at dusk and can be observed in flight around their potential hosts. Occasionally they gather on flowering shrubs like hawthorn and stay there all over the night. In the next morning they can still be observed sitting in the flowers but completely disappear before noon. The adults were once beaten from dry branches of Juglans regia during the day.

Body length:8 - 13 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Juglans etc.)
Distribution:South Turkey, Syria

The beetle in the picture was found sitting in a blossoming hawthorn (Crataegus sp., Rosaceae) near Ciftehan village (South Turkey).

Collected by M.Rejzek

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callidiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Leioderes L. Redtenbacher, 1849
Species: Leioderes tuerki (Ganglbauer, 1885)