Agapanthia (Smaragdula) viti Rapuzzi & Sama, 2012

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia viti

[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Agapanthia viti, a new Central-European and North/Central Balkan species, is strictly related with A. osmanlis Reiche & Saulcy, 1858. It is easy to distinguish by the denser pubescence on all the upper and lower side. This pubescence is yellowish colored instead ash-colored. The bionomy of this interesting beetle was well described by Sándor Keszthelyi and Dávid Horváth in 2015 [✧].

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:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Dipsacus
Distribution:Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae and pupae found in dead stalks of Dipsacus laciniatus collected in Vitnyéd village environs (N47°35′19″ E16°59′29″; Kapuvár district, Győr-Moson-Sopron county, Hungary) in April 2008/2009 and February 2015.

Collected by David Navrátil, Pavel Jelínek and Petr Jelínek

Keszthelyi S. & Horváth D.:
The presence and bionomy of a newly described longhorn beetle, Agapanthia viti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Hungary.
Entomologia Croatica 19 (1–2): 25–30, 2015. [download pdf icon]

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]

Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
Agapanthia viti
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

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