Phytoecia (Phytoecia) marki Danilevsky, 2008

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia marki

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia marki, a rare species occuring in Armenia and Georgia, has been described from Noravank environs (Armenia) by Mikhail Danilevsky in 2008 [▽]. P. marki is very close to P. annulipes Mulsant et Rey, 1863 described from South Turkey and was recorded under that name from Armenia, as well as under the name P. icterica without available specimens. It differs from P. annulipes by clerly wider proothorax, which is distinctly transverse in female; shorter antennae; less pronounced pronotal callosities; abdomen regularly covered with dense pale pubescence, while in P. annulipes abdomen is black with bright yellow pubescence of posterior margin sternites. Moreover, pale pubescence of P. marki is dirty white, but in P. annulipes is bright yellow. The colour of legs is similar, but red areas are much larger in P. annulipes [▽].

Body length:7 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:[?] probably Apiaceae
Distribution:Armenia, Georgia

Depicted beetles were swept from the steppe vegetation in Antarut (Անտառուտ) village environs (2000-2100 m a.s.l., Mt. Aragats, Aragatsotn province, Armenia) on June 6, 2013.

Collected by D.Navrátil

Danilevsky M.L.:
Two new species of Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Armenia.
Eversmannia 15-16: 6-16, 2008. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SpeciesPhytoecia (Phytoecia) marki Danilevsky, 2008