Osphranteria coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850
ssp. inaurata Holzschuh, 1981


Osphranteria coerulescens inaurata
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Osphranteria coerulescens inaurata, described by Carolus Holzschuh in 1981 [❖], is a subspecies widely distributed in Asia Minor, the Near East and Iran. Larvae of this subspecies feed in living twigs and branches of various Prunus species. In Iran this subspecies has been reported several times to be a serious pest of peach and apricot orchards. Young trees are especially prone to attack and damage. In the case of very young trees the larvae manage to feed in the trunks completely damaging the plants.

Body length:10 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:Prunus spp. (Prunus persica, Prunus armeniaca)
Distribution:Iran, Turkey, Syria, Iraq

The adults emit a characteristic scent probably serving as a chemical defence used by the beetles to protect themselves against would be predators such as insectivorous birds.

Holzschuh C.:
Zwanzig neue Bockkäfer aus Europa und Asien. (Cerambycidae, Col.).
Koleopterologische Rundschau, Wien 55: 91-112, 1981. [download pdf icon]

Osphranteria coerulescens inaurata
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callichromatini Blanchard, 1845
Genus: Osphranteria Redtenbacher, 1850
Species: Aromia coerulescens Redtenbacher, 1850
Subspecies: Osphranteria coerulescens inaurata Holzschuh, 1981