Purpuricenus nicocles Schaufuß, 1871

Purpuricenus nicocles
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Larvae of Purpuricenus nicocles develop in living branches of Quercus alnifolia. Pupation takes place in the autumn and adults overwinter in the pupal cells. The adults emerge early in the following spring.

Body length:10 - 18 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - May
Host plant:Quercus
Distribution:an endemic species to Cyprus

The beetles in the pictures were reared from oak twigs collected in Troodos Mts. (Cyprus).

Collected by M.Rejzek.

Sama G.:
Etudes sur le genre Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821 : à propos de P. nicocles Schaufuss, 1871; description de P. tommasoi n. sp. proche de P. dalmatinus Sturm, 1843 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Lambillionea 101 (1): 386-390, 2001. [
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Purpuricenus nicocles
Purpuricenus nicocles
Purpuricenus nicocles
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Trachyderini Dupont, 1836
Genus: Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821
Species: Purpuricenus nicocles Schaufuß, 1871