Agapanthia (Smaragdula) talassica Kostin, 1973

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI

Agapanthia talassica
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Agapanthia talassica, a Central-Asian Smaragdula-species known from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, has been described from Western Tian-Shan) as Agapanthia violacea talassica by Ivan Antonovich Kostin in 1973 [❖]. 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:7 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Astragalus sieversiana
Distribution:Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

The depicted beetle was collected in Shardara (Шардара) environs (Kyzylkum desert, Shardara District, Turkistan region, Kazakhstan) on May 1, 1988.

Collected by J. Halada

Kostin I.A.:
The dendrophagus beetles of Kazakhstan (Buprestidae, Cerambycidae, Ipidae).
[Жуки-дендрофаги Казахстана: (короеды, дровосеки, златки).]
Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR, Institute of Zoology. Alma-Ata. «Nauka»: 1-288, 1973. [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]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusSmaragdula Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2004
SpeciesAgapanthia (Smaragdula) talassica Kostin, 1973