Lobarthron balassogloi (Jakovlev, 1885)
ssp. balassogloi (Jakovlev, 1885)

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI

Lobarthron balassogloi balassogloi
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Lobarthron balassogloi balassogloi, a nominotypical subspecies occuring in Eastern Uzbekistan, has been described from Uzbekistan as Prionus (Psilotarsus) Balassogloi by Alexander Ivanovitsch Jakovlev in 1885 [▽]. Larvae of Lobarthron balassogloi develop in the soil at a depth of 15-40 cm and feed on the roots of various shrubs. Larvae before pupation creates not only underground pupal cells, but also the vertical passages to the surface. The biology of this interesting beetle is described in detail in the work of Jiří Lorenc and Alain Drumont published in 2013 [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 18 - 33 mm / ♀♀ 25 - 40 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:polyphagous on roots of desert shrubs

The depicted mounted male beetle was collected in Uzbekistan.

Jakovlev A.I.:
Deux espèces nouvelles du genre Prionus Geoffr.
Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 61 (3-4): 91-93, 1885.
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Lorenc J. and Drumont A.:
Contribution to the knowledge of the bionomics of some steppe Westpalaearctic species belonging to tribe Prionini Latreille, 1802, with the description for the first time of the females of Polylobarthron margelanicum (Théry, 1896) and Mesoprionus petrovitzi (Holzschuh, 1981) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae).
Les Cahiers Magellanes 11: 82-90, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 57-58], 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusLobarthron Semenov, 1900
SpeciesLobarthron balassogloi (Jakovlev, 1885)
SubspeciesLobarthron balassogloi balassogloi (Jakovlev, 1885)