Agapanthia (Smaragdula) gemella Holzschuh, 1989

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

Agapanthia gemella, an endemic species to Cyprus, has been described from Mandria environs (Limassol district, Cyprus) by Carolus Holzschuh in 1989 [❖]. Larvae of A. gemella feed in central part of stalks of the living Erophaca baetica orientalis. At the end of the season, larva girdles the stalk just at the ground level and the stalk falls off. The pupation takes place in cut-off part of the stalk [✳]. Life cycle 1 year. Adults, active from late March to early June, are anthophilous and can be found on the host plats where feed on blossoms and young leafs.

Body length:8 - 12 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - June
Host plant:Erophaca baetica orientalis (Fabaceae)
Distribution:a species endemic to Cyprus [❖]

The depicted beetles were collected on its host plant (Erophaca baetica orientalis) ca 1 km NNW of Stavros tis Psokas' Forest Station (860 m, Paphos district, Western Cyprus) on April 14, 2007 and reared from larvae found in the host plant stems in April 2022.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec and Petr Jelínek

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

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]

Agapanthia gemella
Agapanthia gemella
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Agapanthia gemella
Agapanthia gemella
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Agapanthia gemella
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

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