Phytoecia (Helladia) flavescens (Brullé, 1832)
[= Helladia flavescens (Brullé, 1832)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI
Phytoecia flavescens
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec, Fuji Provia 100 35 mm film scan]

Phytoecia flavescens, a species occuring in the South of Balcan Peninsula, has been described from Peloponnese (Greece) as Saperda flavescens by Auguste Gaspard Brullé in 1832 [▽]. Larvae of this beautiful Phytoecia develop in stalks and roots of thistles (Cirsium sp.). Adults, active from May to June, can be found on the host plant.

Body length:10 - 22 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:thistles (Cirsium sp., Asteraceae)
Distribution:Greece, Macedonia, Albania [❖]

The depicted mounted beetle was collected on their host plant near Kastania (Καστανιά) village environs (1400 m, Taygetos Mts., Mesa Mani municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) in June 2003. The living specimen (with very damaged toment and removed wided hairs) was collected in Arna (Άρνα) village environs (Taygetos Mts., Sparta municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 29, 2021,

Collected by Michal Hoskovec and Daniel Rydzi

Brullé A.G.:
Expédition scientifique de Morée. Section des Sciences Physiques. Tome III. - Partie. Zoologie. Deuxième Section. - Des animaux articulés.
F. G. Levrault, Paris 3 (1/2): 400pp [pages 289-400 issued in 1833; plates in 1832-1836], 1832. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Contributo alla conoscenza dei Cerambycidae di Albania (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste 55: 181-234, 2012. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
An overview on the W-palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Helladia) Fairmaire, 1864 with a new subspecies Phytoecia (Helladia) humeralis caneri ssp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (2): 317-343, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia flavescens
Phytoecia flavescens
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusHelladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) flavescens (Brullé, 1832)