Agapanthia (Stichodera) irrorata (Fabricius, 1787)
[= Agapanthia granulosa Chevrolat, 1881]
[= Agapanthia pubiventris Chevrolat, 1881]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia irrorata
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

Agapanthia irrorata, a relatively common and widely distributed species in South-West Mediterranean region, has been described from Algeria as Saperda irrorata by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1787 [❖]. The species was included in the newly established monotypic subgenus Drosotrichia by Carlo Pesarini and Andrea Sabbadini in 2004 [✧]. A. irrorata is a very variable species in appearance, the basic color is metallic black or blue-black with a number of yellow or white pubescent elytral spots, but some specimens have a very reduced number of spots or spots are completely missing. Larvae of A. irrorata develop in stems of many species of living herbaceous plants (Onopordon, Carduus, Salvia, Daucus, Thapsia, Ferula etc.) [✮][✳]. Adults, active from April to June, are diurnal and can be collected on the host plants.

Body length:13 - 23 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants (Onopordon, Carduus, Salvia, Daucus, Thapsia, Ferula etc.)
Distribution:Algeria, Corsica (France), Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia

The depicted beetles were collected on Apiaceae in Oulmes (أولماس) environs (Khémisset province, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, Morocco) on May 21, 2022.

Collected by Petr Jelínek

Fabricius J.Ch.:
Mantissa insectorum sistens eorum species nuper detectas adiectis characteribus genericis, differentiis specificis, emendationibus, observationibus.
Hafniae, Proft 1: xx + 348pp, 1787. [download pdf icon]

Pesarini C. and Sabbadini A.:
Osservazioni sulla sistematica della tribù Agapanthiini Mulsant, 1839 (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano 145 (1): 117-132, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Villiers A.:
Coléoptères Cérambycides de l'Afrique du Nord.
Faune de l'Empire Français, ORSC Paris, 5: 1-152, 1946. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte IV / Partie IV : Cerambycidae : Lamiinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 29 (1): 26-65, 2020. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia irrorata
Agapanthia irrorata
Agapanthia irrorata
Agapanthia irrorata
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Agapanthia irrorata
Agapanthia irrorata
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusStichodera Pesarini et Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Stichodera) irrorata (Fabricius, 1787)