[= Toxotus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]
[= Oxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)]
Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE / Tribus: OXYMIRINI
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]
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 ]
Danilevsky M. L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1 (3): 1-522, 2014. [download ]
[Photo © Martin Švarc]
[Photo © Sergey O. Kakunin]
|Subfamilia||Lepturinae Latreille, 1802|
|Tribus||Oxymirini Danilevsky, 2014|
|Genus||Neoxymirus Miroshnikov, 2013|
|Species||Neoxymirus mirabilis (Motschulsky, 1838)|