Phytoecia (Coptosiella) antoniae Reitter, 1889

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia antoniae
[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov (М.Э. Смирнов)]

Phytoecia antoniae, a species occuring in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Turkey, has been described from Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan) by Edmund Reitter in 1889 [✱].

This rare and interesting Phytoecia, which larval development is still unknown, was recently moved by Denis Kasatkin [❖] from subgenus Coptosia into by him newly estabilished subgenus Coptosiella. Our specimens, photographed in Gori, unfortunatelly doesn't show the real beauty of this Phytoecia species. The dense velvet-like light gray pubescense of freshly emerged adults, typical for this species, was scratched and mostly gone in our captured beetles...

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May
Host plant:unknown
Distribution:Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Turkey

The depicted living beetle was collected in Gori (გორი) environs (Shida Kartli region, Georgia) on May 11, 2016. The mounted specimen was collected in environs of Geghard (Գեղարդ) monastery (Goght village, Kotayk province, Armenia) on May 20, 2009.

Collected by Petr Jelínek and Pavel V. Romancov

Reitter E.:
Neue Coleopteren aus Europa, den angrenzenden Ländern und Sibirien, mit Bemerkungen über bekannte Arten. Sechster Theil.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 33 (1): 17-44, 1889. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
A new subgenus of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Russian Entomological Journal 24(2): 127-131, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia antoniae
Phytoecia antoniae
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPilemia Fairmaire, 1863
SubgenusCoptosiella Kasatkin, 2015
SpeciesPhytoecia (Coptosiella) antoniae Reitter, 1889