Phytoecia (Opsilia) brevicornis Kasatkin, 2013

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI
Phytoecia brevicornis
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

This new species of Phytoecia (Opsilia subgenus), described by our friend Denis Kasatkin from Afghanistan in 2013 [❖] , is most similar to Phytoecia (Opsilia) prasina Reitter, 1911. Species is well distinguished from Phytoecia (Opsilia) prasina by more short antennae, characters of pubescence: absence scale-like hairs in pubescence of elytra, almost complete absence of dark hairs on pronotum, more long erect hairs on head and pronotum; by form of pronotum and elytral apex.

Body length:6.2 – 8.7 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May
Host plant:Boraginaceae
Distribution:a species endemic to Afghanistan

The depicted beetle was collected by E.S. Ivanova in Khushkak village environs (2700 m, Kohi-Baba Mts., 8 km S Bamiyan, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan,) on May 30, 2010.

Kasatkin Denis G.:
A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Afghanistan.
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 9 (2): 265, 2009.
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Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Phytoeciini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Phytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus: Opsilia Mulsant, 1863
Species: Phytoecia (Opsilia) brevicornis Kasatkin, 2013