Agapanthia (Smaragdula) frivaldszkyi Ganglbauer, 1884

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia frivaldszkyi
[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov]

Agapanthia frivaldszkyi, a species occuring in Balkan Peninsula, Near East and Turkey, has been described from "Kleinasien" (Asia Minor) by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1884 [▽].

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:7.5 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Knautia sp. [?]
Distribution:Bulgaria, Romania, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey [✧]

The depicted mounted male beetle was collected in Side environs (Manavgat district, Antalya Province, SW Turkey) on May 25-31, 2017. The living specimen was collected on Knautia sp. in Dezli (دزلی‎) village environs (Central District of Sarvabad county, Kurdistan province, Iran) on June 6, 2018.

Collected by S.Svetlov and P.Jelínek

Ganglbauer L.:
Bestimmungs-Tabellen der europäischen Coleopteren. VIII. Cerambycidae. (Schluss.) Mit Berücksichtigung der Formen Algiers und des paläarktischen Asiens, exclusive jener von Japan.
Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 33 [1883]: 437-586, 1884. [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 frivaldszkyi
Agapanthia frivaldszkyi
Agapanthia frivaldszkyi
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) frivaldszkyi Ganglbauer, 1884