[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov]
Molorchus umbellatarum umbellatarum is a relatively common taxon with a large area of occurrence from the Atlantic coast to Iran.
Larvae develop first under the bark and later in the wood of dead thin twigs of various deciduous trees and shrubs. The larvae overwinter in hook-shaped pupal cell in created in the wood,
pupation in spring, life-cycle 2 years. Adults, active from April to July (peak in May-June), are diurnal and anthophilous but can be also
beaten from dying/dead twigs of the host plants.
|Body length:||5 - 9 mm|
|Life cycle:||2 years|
|Adults in:||April - July|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in deciduous trees and shrubs (Cornus, Euonymus, Prunus, Rosa, Sorbus, Cydonia,
Viburnum, Malus, Rubus, Amelanchier, Castanea, etc.)|
|Distribution:||Europe, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Near East, Iran|
The depicted mounted male beetle was collected in Fanagoriyskoye (Фанагорийское) village environs (Goryachy Klyuch district, Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia)
on May 19, 2012. The living beetle were: ♂ - collected in Agioi Theodoroi (Άγιοι Θεόδωροι) village environs (Grevena municipality, Grevena regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece) on May 18, 2022;
♀ - reared from larva found in Pouzdřany environs (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) in January 2021.
Collected by Maxim E. Smirnov and Daniel Rydzi