Paragaurotes doris (Bates, 1884)
ssp. suvorovi (Semenov, 1914)

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: RHAGIINI

Paragaurotes doris suvorovi
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov]

Paragaurotes doris has been described from Japan as Gaurotes doris by Henry Walter Bates in 1884 [▽]. Paragaurotes doris suvorovi, a subspecies occuring in the Northern part of the species range (from Hokkaido to Sakhalin and Kuril Islands), has been described from Hokkaido as Gaurotes suvorovi by Andrej Petrovitsch Semenov Tian-Shanskij in 1914 [❖]. The subspecies is characterized by a blue coloration of the elytra, a black coloration of the abdomen, tibia and antennae, less often the elytra are greenish, but most importantly, the apical notch of elytra is barely pronounced. In the nominative subspecies, the elytra are usually bronze or greenish, the abdomen is usually red, the antennae and tibiae are partially or almost entirely red and the apical notch of elytra is well pronounced. The larvae of this remarkable taxon develop under the bark of various dead deciduous trees (Acer, Sorbus, Alnus, Quercus, Ulmus, Betula, Salix etc.). Before the second winter, the larvae leave the host tree and ovewintering in the pupal cell created in soil. Pupation in the following May and June, life cycle 2 years. Adults, active from May to August, are diurnal and anthophilous [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 8 - 13 mm / ♀♀ 11 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:North Japan, Russia (Far East)


The depicted beetle (♀ 12 mm) was collected on the right side of the Severyanka (Северянка) river valley (N44°20′18″ E146°00′42″; 20-40 m a.s.l, Kunashir Island, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin oblast, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on July 28, 2013.

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov




[▽]
Bates H.W.:
Longicorn beetles of Japan. Additions, chiefly from the later collections of Mr. George Lewis; and notes on the synonymy, distribution, and habits on the previously known species.
The Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 18: 205-262, 1884. [download pdf icon]

[❖]
Semenov Tian-Shanskij A.P.:
Analecta coleopterologica. XVIII..
Revue Russe d'Entomologie, Saint-Petersbourg 14 (1): 14-22, 1914. [download pdf icon]

[✧]
Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 141-142], 2014.
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Podaný Č.:
Monographie des Genus Gaurotes J. Lec. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Mitteilungen der Münchener entomologischen Gessellschaft 52: 219-252, 1962.
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SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusRhagiini Kirby, 1837
GenusParagaurotes Plavilstshikov, 1921
SpeciesParagaurotes doris (Bates, 1884)
SubspeciesParagaurotes doris suvorovi (Semenov, 1914)