Agapanthia (Smaragdula) naciyae Rapuzzi & Sama, 2012

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI

Agapanthia naciyae
[Photo © Jean-Claude Ringenbach]

Agapanthia naciyae, a new Turkish species, is strictly related with A. osmanlis Reiche & Saulcy, 1858. But thanks to many features, both taxa can be well distinguished. Agapanthia naciyae is smaller than A. osmanlis, with a very light green color without whitish longitudinal stripe made by short pubescence. Elytra show long erect hairs till the apex, in A. osmanlis this hairs are only on the first half of the elytral length and antennae are shorter [❖].

The complicated taxonomic situation in Agapanthia osmanlis species cluster (comprising following taxa: Agapanthia osmanlis, Agapanthia ozdikmeni, Agapanthia viti and Agapanthia naciyae) was solved by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and Gianfranco Sama in 2012 [❖]. A comprehensive and detailed revision of the entire taxonomically difficult subgenus Smaragdula by our colleague Karel Hodek was published in the summer of 2021 [▽].

Body length:8 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Astragalus
Distribution:endemic species to Turkey [✧]

The depicted beetles were collected on Astragalus in Kosutdere (Hafik, Sivas province, Turkey) on May 22, 2015.

Collected by Jean-Claude Ringenbach

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
New taxa and new records of longhorn-beetles from Eastern Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 7 (2): 663-689, 2012. [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. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia naciyae
[Photo © Jean-Claude Ringenbach]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) naciyae Rapuzzi & Sama, 2012