Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis (Sama et Rejzek, 2001)
[= Helladia) imperialis Sama et Rejzek, 2001]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI
Phytoecia imperialis
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis has been described by Gianfranco Sama and Martin Rejzek [❖] from Orumiye, Azarbaygan-e-Garbi province (NW Iran) in 2001. The species is related to Phytoecia (Helladia) ferrugata Ganglbauer, 1884, Phytoecia (Helladia) orbicollis orbicollis Reiche et Saulcy, 1858, and Phytoecia (Helladia) orbicollis adelpha Ganglbauer, 1886. All specimens of Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis were collected on Centaurea imperialis (Asteraceae). which most likely serves as their host plant.

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:Centaurea imperialis
Distribution:a species endemic to NW Iran

The depicted beetles were collected near Orumiye (Azarbaygan-e-Garbi province, NW Iran}.

Collected by M.Rejzek

Sama G. and Rejzek M.:
Helladia imperialis espece nouvelle de l'Iran (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Phytoeciini).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 5 17 (3): 239-246, [2000] 2001.

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 imperialis
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Phytoecia imperialis
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Phytoeciini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Phytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus: Helladia Fairmaire, 1864
Species: Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis (Sama et Rejzek, 2001)