Prinobius myardi atropos, described from Beirut environs by Louis A. A. Chevrolat in 1854 [❖], is a polyphagous species developing in broad spectrum of deciduos trees
(Quercus, Alnus, Morus, Fraxinus, Acacia, Ceratonia siliqua, Populus, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Casuarina, etc.).
P. myardi atropos is known from the Eastern Mediterranean region (Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel) [✧].
The unclear taxonomic situation within the taxon P. myardi is still debatable and confirmation of the existence/validity of the 5 known subspecies [▽] probably needs further research.
|Body length:||30 - 50 mm|
|Life cycle:||several years|
|Adults in:||May - September|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in deciduous trees|
|Distribution:||Eastern Mediterranean region|
The depicted mounted P. myardi atropos female was collected in Fathiye (Muğla province, Aegean Region of SW Turkey) in June 2012.
Collected by Murat Ali Cirnas
Coléoptères de Syrie (Suite).
Revue et Magasin de Zoologie, Paris 7-8: 479-486, 1854.
Sama G., Buse J., Orbach E., Friedman A.-L.-L., Rittner O. and Chikutanov V.:
A new catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Israel with notes on their distribution and host plants.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (1): 1-51, 2010.
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 31-33], 2014. [download ]