Agapanthia (Mirabilinia) hirsuticornis Holzschuh, 1975

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia hirsuticornis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

Agapanthia hirsuticornis, rare and endemic representative of Iranian entomofauna in appearance resembling Agapanthia kirbyi (Gyllenhal, 1817), was described by Carolus Holzschuh in 1975 from one male collected in Mazandaran in 1933 [❖]. Notwithstanding the first-look similarity to A. kirbyi (densely pubescent elytra and very large hairbrush on antennae), this species was included by Denis Kasatkin into the newly established subgenus Mirabilinia in 2020 [✧].

The new subgenus differs from all other Agapanthia subgenera by a combination of the following characters: strongly zonal coloration of the main pubescence of body and legs; sparse and more fine puncturation of the elytra; the elongated lower lobe of eyes; the structure of the endophallus, the clavate parameres; and the strongly elongated manubrium of tegmen [✧].

Body length:15 - 23 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:undetermined Apiaceae
Distribution:an endemic species to Iran

The depicted mounted beetle was collected in Kamyaran (كامياران‎‎) environs (Kordestan province, West Iran) on June 2, 2010. The living specimens were photographed in Iran.

Holzschuh C.:
Neue westpalaearktischer Bockkäfer aus den Gattungen Cortodera, Vadonia und Agapanthia (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft österreichischer Entomologen 26 (2-4): 77-90, 1975 [1974]. [download pdf icon]

Kasatkin D.G.:
Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Agapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) from the Near East and Transcaucasia.
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 16 (2): 233-249, 2020. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia hirsuticornis
[Photo © P.Jelínek & M.Hoskovec]
Agapanthia hirsuticornis
Agapanthia hirsuticornis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Agapanthia hirsuticornis
Agapanthia hirsuticornis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusMirabilinia Kasatkin, 2020
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) amitina Holzschuh, 1989