Agapanthia (Epoptes) dahli (Richter, 1820)
ssp. lateralis Ganglbauer, 1884
[= Agapanthia lateralis Ganglbauer, 1884][✳]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia dahli lateralis
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

Quite surprisingly in a monograph of the immature stages of African timber beetles Duffy [❖] mentioned Asphodelus as a host plant of Agapanthia dahli lateralis - a species absent from Africa. Agapanthia dahli lateralis occurs rarely in Balkan Peninsula but becomes more frequent in Turkey, where locally it is quite abundant. Adults are usually collected on various Asteraceae (Carduus, Cirsium, Onopordon) (Rejzek, unpublished results). Surprisingly, there are reports on associations with Euphorbia (adults collected on stalks and in pupal cells built in the stalks) and even Alcea (R. Grotz, personal communication, 2002).

Body length:12 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants
Distribution:Turkey, Syria

The depicted beetle was collected in Erdemli W Mersin (SW Turkey) on June 15, 1996.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec

Lazarev M.:
Taxonomic notes on longhorned beetles with the descriptions of several new taxa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International almanac 13 (1): 21-38, 2024. [download pdf icon]

Duffy E.A.J.:
A monograph of the immature stages of African timber beetles (Cerambycidae).
Natural History Museum Publications, London, 337 pp., 1957.
ISBN: 0565000942

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) dahli (Richter, 1820)
SubspeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) dahli lateralis Ganglbauer, 1884