Agapanthia (Smaragdula) amitina Holzschuh, 1989

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia amitina
[Photo © P.Jelínek & M.Hoskovec]

Agapanthia amitina, a species from A. violacea (Fabricius, 1775) species cluster (Smaragdula subgenus; ❖), has been described from Qazvin province (Iran) by Carolus Holzschuh in 1989 [▽].

The taxonomy of the subgenus Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004 is very complicated and there are many very contradictory views among cerambycidologists regarding the validity and real existence of many taxa. A comprehensive and detailed revision of the Smaragdula by our colleague and friend Karel Hodek from the summer of 2021 attempts to answer many questions concerning this issue [▽].

Body length:6 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:unknown
Distribution:Iran , Turkey [✧]

The depicted beetles were collected on the host plant in its type locality situated ca 5 km SEE of Bakandi (بکندی), N36°22'16.8" E49°37'29.7" (Qazvin province, NW Iran).

Collected by P.Jelínek

Holzschuh C.:
Beschreibung neuer Bockkäfer aus Europa und Asien (Cerambycidae, Col.).
Koleopterologische Rundschau, Wien 59: 153-183, 1989. [download pdf icon]

Pesarini C. and Sabbadini A.:
Osservazioni sulla sistematica della tribù Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839 (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano 145 (1): 117-132, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Hodek K.:
Review of the subgenus Smaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004, and two new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Laminae, Agapanthiini)
Natura Somogyiensis 36: 81-110, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H.:
Turkish Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839 with identification keys (Coleoptera: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 8 (1): 9-40, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia amitina

Agapanthia amitina
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini et Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) amitina Holzschuh, 1989