Microlera ptinoides Bates, 1873

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: APOMECYNINI

Microlera ptinoides
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Microlera ptinoides, a tiny Cerambycid occuring in Kuril Islands (Russian Far East), Japan, and North Korea, has been described from Japan (Hyogo prefecture) by Henry Walter Bates in 1873 [▽]. The biology of the species is not sufficiently known [❖], it is probably a polyphagous species on deciduous trees - Henry W. Bates collected type specimens on dead branches of trifoliate orange (Citrus trifoliata) in Japan.

Body length:3.3 - 6.0 mm
Life cycle:?
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:unknown (probably a polyphagous species on deciduous trees)
Distribution:Kuril Islands, Japan, North Korea

The depicted mounted beetle (4 mm) was collected in Danilovo (Данилово) environs (N43°57′16″ E145°35′38″; ca 45 m a.s.l., Kurils Nature Reserve, Kunashir/Кунаши́р island, Kuril Islands, Yuzhno-Kurilsky district, Sakhalin region, Russia) on August 8, 2011.

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov

Bates H.W.:
On the Longicorn Coleoptera of Japan.
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, London (4) 12 (71): 380-390, 1873. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 3 - Laminae Part I.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 300pp [pages 292-293], 1990. [download pdf icon]

Microlera ptinoides
Microlera ptinoides, picture taken in Japan [Photo © Mitsu Itakura]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusApomecynini J. Thomson, 1860
GenusMicrolera Bates, 1873
SpeciesMicrolera ptinoides Bates, 1873