Agapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804)
ssp. renatae Steiner & Schmid, 2013
[= Agapanthia (Epoptes) renatae Steiner & Schmid, 2013]
[= Agapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli balcanica Sláma, 2019]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia asphodeli renatae
[Photo © Jean-Claude Ringenbach]

Agapanthia asphodeli, a species widely distributed in Mediterranean region, has been described from Bordeaux environs (France) as Lamia asphodeli by Pierre-André Latreille in 1804 [✱].

Its subspecies A. (Epoptes) renatae, endemic to Greece, was firstly collected in Karistena environs (N37°29′10″ E22°00′30″, 450-550 m a.s.l.; Arkadias Nomos, Peloponnese, Greece) by Siegfried Steiner on May 4, 1998. It was later described by Siegfried Steiner ans Herbert Schmid as a separate species - Agapanthia (Epoptes) renatae Steiner & Schmid, 2013 [❖]. The taxon, belonging to the Agapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804) species cluster [✮], was downgraded to the subspecies level by Maxim A. Lazarev in 2023 [✳].

Body length:♀♀ 12 - 20 mm / ♂♂ 12 - 18 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - June
Host plant:Asphodelus / Asphodeline [?]
Distribution:endemic to Greece

The depicted mounted beetle was collected in Kalyvia Skotanis (Καλύβια Σκοτανη) village environs (N37°49′52″ E22°04′05″; 460 m a.s.l.; Achaea, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 12, 2017. The living beetles were collected in: (DR) - Germa (Γέρμα) village near Neo Itylo (Mani municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 22, 2022; (PJ) - Mandra (Μάνδρα) environs (Abdera municipal unit, Xanthi regional unit, East Macedonia and Thrace, NE Greece) on the host plant (Asphodelus microcarpus) on March 31, 2014.

Collected by Jean-Claude Ringenbach, Daniel Rydzi and Petr Jelínek

Latreille P.-E.:
Histoire Naturelle, Générale et particulière des Crustacés et des Insectes.
Imprimerie F. Dufart, Paris 11, 424pp, 1804. [download pdf icon]

Steiner S. and Schmid H.:
Eine neue Agapanthia-Art (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Agapanthiini) aus Griechenland.
Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 65: 1-4, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sparacio I.:
A new species of genus Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835 (Coleoptera Cerambycidae) from Lampedusa Island (Sicily Channel, Italy).
Biodiversity Journal 8 (4): 957–961, 2017. [download pdf icon]

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]

Agapanthia asphodeli renatae
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Agapanthia asphodeli renatae
Agapanthia asphodeli renatae
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Agapanthia asphodeli
Agapanthia asphodeli
Agapanthia asphodeli
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli (Latreille, 1804)
SubspeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) asphodeli renatae Steiner & Schmid, 2013