Phytoecia (Pilemia) kruszelnickii Szczepański et Karpiński, 2017

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI
Phytoecia kruszelnickii
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Phytoecia (Pilemia) kruszelnickii, recently described by Wojciech Szczepański and Lech Karpiński [❖], is and endemic Greek Pilemia closely related to Phytoecia (Pilemia) hirsutula (Frölich, 1793) and Phytoecia (Pilemia) moreana Breuning 1943. This interesting species is distributed exclusively within the continental part of Greece (Thessaly region).

P. kruszelnickii differs from two related and the most similar species (P. hirsutula and P. moreana) by a considerably larger body size (ca. 1.5× longer). The body length of the examined species of P. moreana and P. hirsutula did not exceed 9 mm while the length of P. kruszelnickii ranged from 10 to 14 mm. Furthermore, P. kruszelnickii has a brighter pubescence compared to the other species. There is also a difference in the length of the antennae of P. moreana, which are noticeably longer in both sexes. The antennae of the males of P. hirsutula and P. kruszelnickii do not reach the end of the elytra, whereas in the males of P. moreana, the antennae usually reach its ends. Moreover, there are clear differences in the morphology of the lateral lobes [❖].

Body length:10 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in: May - June
Host plant:known from Phlomis samia
Distribution:endemic to continental part of Greece (Thessaly region)

The depicted beetles were collected on the host plant (Phlomis samia) by our friend Lech Kruszelnicki ca. 2 km SE of Vlachava (Thessaly, Greece) on June 6, 2016.

Szczepański W.T., Karpiński L.:
A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Greece.
Zootaxa 17 4268 (1): 141–146, 2017. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Phytoeciini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Phytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus: Pilemia Fairmaire, 1863
Species: Phytoecia (Pilemia) kruszelnickii Szczepański et Karpiński, 2017