Phytoecia (Barbarina) behen Sama et Rejzek, 1999
[= Coptosia (Barbarina) behen (Sama & Rejzek, 1999)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI

Phytoecia behen
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia (Barbarina) behen has been described from Gemecik village situated west of Refahiye (Erzincan province, NE Turkey) by Gianfranco Sama and Martin Rejzek in 1999 [❖]. The species is related to Phytoecia (Barbarina) nepheloides Sama, 1997 described from north-eastern Syria and recorded later also from the environs of Adana (Turkey).

Body length:10 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:June
Host plant:Centaurea urvillei
Distribution:a species endemic to Turkey

According to Rejzek et al. [✧] Phytoecia (Barbarina) behen develops in Centaurea urvillei (Asteraceae).

Sama G. and Rejzek M.:
Phytoecia (s.l.) behen spec. n. from north-eastern Anatolia (Turkey) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Phytoeciini).
Entomologische Zeitschrift, Stuttgart 109 (8): 330-333, 1999.

Rejzek M., Sama G., Alziar G.:
Host plants of several herb-feeding Cerambycidae mainly from east Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen 17 (4): 263-294, 2001. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Phytoeciini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Phytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus: Barbarina Sama, 2010
Species: Phytoecia (Barbarina) behen Sama & Rejzek, 1999