Neoxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)
[= Toxotus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]
[= Oxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI

Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © David Navrátil]


The larvae of this beautiful beetle develop in the decaying wood of many deciduous trees (hornbeam, oak, beech, hazel, goat willow). Adult larvae leave the wood mass in the autumn, overwintering in the soil, and here they also pupate. Imago is active in May and June.

Species, originally assigned into Oxymirus genus, was put into new subgenus Neoxymirus by Miroshnikov in 2013 [❖], eventually Mikhail Danilevsky elevated this subgenus into genus rank in 2014 [✧].

Body length:15 - 25 mm
Life cycle:3 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (e.g. Carpinus, Quercus, Fagus, Corylus, Salix caprea)
Distribution:South Russia, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, North Iran, NE Turkey


The depicted mounted beetles were found on blossoming Crataegus in Zānūs (زانوس) environs (1730 m a.s.l., Kojur District, Nowshahr County, Māzandarān province, North Iran) on May 26, 2019. The living couple was photographed in Georgia. The depicted living beetle (SOK) was collected in Goryachy Klyuch (Горячий Ключ) environs (Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia).

Collected by David Navrátil, Martin Švarc and Sergey O. Kakunin


[❖]
Miroshnikov A. I.:
Разделение рода Oxymirus Mulsant, 1863 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) на подроды [Division of the genus Oxymirus Mulsant, 1863 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) into subgenera].
Humanity space - International Almanac 2 (3): 453-463, 2013. [download pdf icon]


[✧]
Danilevsky M. L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1 (3): 1-522, 2014. [download pdf icon]


Neoxymirus mirabilis
Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Martin Švarc]


Neoxymirus mirabilis
[Photo © Sergey O. Kakunin]



 
SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusNeoxymirus Miroshnikov, 2013
SpeciesNeoxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)