Trichoferus berberidis Sama, 1994

Trichoferus berberidis
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Trichoferus berberidis, an endemic species to Crete (Greece), has been described from Omalos environs (Crete) by Gianfranco Sama in 1994 [❖]. Larvae of this species develop primarily in stems of Cretan barberry (Berberis cretica, Berberidaceae), but adults were also reared from Sarcopoterium spitlosum, Cistus creticus, or Astragalus. More info about localities and biology of this species you cand find also in the dedicated page.

Body length:13 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Berberis cretica, Sarcopoterium spitlosum, Cistus creticus, Astragalus
Distribution:species endemic to Crete (Greece)

The depicted beetles were reared from larva/pupa found in Berberis cretica in Omalos environs (1137 m a.s.l., Lefka Ori Mts., Chania region, Crete, Greece) on June 22-28, 2018.

Collected by David Navrátil

Sama G.:
Deuxième note sur les Cerambycidae de Chypre. Révision de la collection du Department of Agriculture de Chypre avec description d'un nouveau Leiopus Serville et de deux Trichoferus Wollaston du ciste (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 11 (2): 37-47, 1994. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Hesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Trichoferus Wollaston, 1854
Species: Trichoferus berberidis Sama, 1994