Trichoferus spartii (Müller, 1948)

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

Trichoferus spartii, species distributed in Balcan and Apennine peninsulae coastal regions, was described from Istria by Giuseppe Müller in 1948 [❖]. Although not a rare species, due to its hidden development in the living branches of various shrubs and its nocturnal way of life, it does not belong to the commonly collected longhorn beetles.

Body length:9 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:July - August
Host plant:Spartium, Rhus, Paliurus, Coronilla
Distribution:Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Crete, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey

The depicted mounted specimens were collected in Primošten environs (Šibenik-Knin county, Dalmatia, Croatia) on July 23-31, 2012. The living beetles were reared from larvae found in living branches of Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) collected in Medulin (SE Istria peninsula, Croatia) in May 2002.

Collected by David Navrátil and M.Hoskovec

Müller G.:
Contributo alla conoscenza dei Coleotteri Fitofagi (Cerambycidae e Chrysomelidae).
Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste 17 (2) [1948]: 61-98, 1949.

Trichoferus spartii
Trichoferus spartii
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus spartii (Müller, 1948)