Agapanthia (Epoptes) villosoviridescens (De Geer, 1775)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
[Photo © Udo Schmidt, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

In Europe a very common species developing in a variety of herbaceous plants (eg. Carduus, Urtica, Angelica, Chaerophyllum, Artemisia, Salvia, Aconitum). Like the other species of Agapanthia genus, the larvae of this beetle develop in the above-ground plant tissues (stalks). They cut off the plant stalk before pupation, create the pupal cells near ground level, and the adults leave the stalks via a newly created exit hole in the side of the remaining stalk.

Body length:10 - 22 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants
Distribution:Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Near East

The mounted specimen was collected in Kulmbach environs (Kulmbach district, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) in summer 1972. The depicted living beetles were photographed in: (NR) - Pomáz environs (Szentendre district, Pest county, Hungary) on April 28, 2012; (DR) - Moldova Nouă environs (Caraș-Severin county, Banat, Romania) on May 28, 2017.

Collected by Nikola Rahmé, Udo Schmidt and Daniel Rydzi

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [pages 351-352], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) villosoviridescens (De Geer, 1775)