Stenopterus similatus Holzschuh, 1979
ssp. mehli Sama, 1995

Stenopterus similatus mehli
[Photo © David Navrátil]
Stenopterus similatus mehli, subspecies endemic to Cyprus, was described by Gianfranco Sama from Akamas and Troodos in 1995 [❖]. Larvae of this small beetle are developing in dead wood of deciduous trees and shrubs (e.g. Quercus alnifolia, Pistacia terebinthus, Ceratonia siliqua), adults are typical flower visitors similar to other taxa of the Stenopterus genus.

Body length:7 - 11 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Pitascia, Quercus)
Distribution:endemic subspecies to Cyprus

The depicted beetles were collected on flowers in Troodos Mts. (Cyprus) on June 7 - 10, 2016.

Collected by M. Fiala

Sama G.:
Studi sugli Stenopterini. Il genere Stenopterus Illiger, 1804 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 100 (4): 385-410, 1995. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Stenopterini Fairmaire, 1868
Genus: Stenopterus Illiger, 1804
Species: Stenopterus similatus Holzschuh, 1979
Subpecies: Stenopterus similatus mehli Sama, 1995