Neoplagionotus scalaris (Brullé, 1833)
[= Echinocerus scalaris (Brullé, 1833)]
[= Paraplagionotus scalaris (Brullé, 1833)]
[= Plagionotus scalaris (Brullé, 1833)]
[= Plagionotus siculus (Castelnau de Laporte et Gory, 1841)]

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Neoplagionotus scalaris
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Neoplagionotus scalaris, a Mediterranean species known from Balcan peninsula, Italy, North Africa and Turkey, has been described from Peloponnese (Greece) as Clytus scalaris by Auguste Gaspard Brullé in 1833 [▽]. As with other species of the genus Neoplagionotus, N. scalaris larvae develop in the stems and roots of the mallows (Malva silvestris and Lavatera stenopetala) [✧][❖]. Adults, active from late April to June, are diurnal and anthophilous.

Body length:11 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:larvae feed in roots of Malvaceae (Malva silvestris and Lavatera stenopetala)
Distribution:Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey

The depicted living specimen was photographed in Panagitsa (Παναγίτσα) village environs (Tripoli municipality, Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 26, 2021.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Brullé A.G.:
Expédition scientifique de Morée. Section des Sciences Physiques. Tome III. - Partie. Zoologie. Deuxième Section. - Des animaux articulés.
F. G. Levrault, Paris 3 (1/2): 400pp, 1832-1836. [download pdf icon]

Chavanon G.:
Deuxième contribution à la connaissance des Cerambycidae du Maroc Oriental.
L'Entomologiste 55 (4): 167-174, 1999. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos / Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte III / Partie III : Cerambycidae : Cerambycinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 28 (3): 143–185, 2019. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusNeoplagionotus Kasatkin, 2005
SpeciesNeoplagionotus scalaris (Brullé, 1833)