Agapanthia (Epoptes) obydovi Danilevsky, 2000

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia obydovi

[picture from photo collection of Mikhail Danilevsky]

Agapanthia obydovi, species very close to Agapanthia detrita, was described by Mikhail L. Danilevsky from Taukum desert in Kazakhstan in 2000 [❖]. This interesting and little-known Agapanthia, developing in stalks of Eremurus, is so far known only from relatively small area in vicinity of Kolshengel village (412 m, N44° 20' E75° 33', Taukum desert, Kazakhstan).

Body length:♂♂ 10.7 - 14.5 mm / ♀♀ 12.1 - 15.0 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May
Host plant:Eremurus sp.
Distribution:an endemic species to Kazakhstan

Mounted specimen, from the Mikhail L. Danilevsky type series, has been collected by Mikhail on the host plant in Kolshengel (Kazakhstan) in May 13, 1996. The living beetle has been reared from larva found in dead Eremurus stalk collected by our friend Karel Hodek in the same locality.

Danilevsky M.L.:
New and little known Cerambycidae from Central Asia (Coleoptera).
Lambillionea 100 2 (2): 289-294, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia obydovi
[Photo © Karel Hodek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) obydovi Danilevsky, 2000