Agapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804)
ssp. nicosiensis Pic, 1927
[= Agapanthia nicosiensis Pic, 1927][✳]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia asphodeli nicosiensis
[Photo © Martin Rejzek]

Larvae of Agapanthia asphodeli nicosiensis Pic, 1927 feed in various herbaceous plants such as Echinops spinosissimus, Cynara cardunculus or Asphodelus aestivus. Adults hatch in late autumn and the beetles appear very early next spring.

Body length:19 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants
Distribution:an endemic species to Cyprus

The beetle in the picture was reared from a dead stalk of Asphodelus aestivus collected in the environments of Paphos, Cyprus.

Collected by Martin Rejzek

Lazarev M.A.:
Taxonomy structure of Agapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International almanac 12 (5): 468-491, 2023. [download pdf icon]

Ambrus R., Grosser W. and Hrbek J.:
Contribution to the knowledge of longhorn beetles from Cyprus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International Almanac 3 (2): 173-190, 2014. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia asphodeli nicosiensis
[Photo © Martin Rejzek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804)
SubspeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli nicosiensis Pic, 1927