Asaperda agapanthina Bates, 1873

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: APOMECYNINI
Asaperda agapanthina
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Asaperda agapanthina, a species occuring in Russian far East and Japan, has been described from Yokohama environs (Japan) by Henry Walter Bates in 1873 [❖]. Larvae of this highly polyphagous beetle develop in thin weakened or dying branches of many broadleaf trees and shrubs, but species also infests relatively healthy trees. Adults, active from June to August, lead a hidden way of life, do not visit flowers and can be beaten from branches of the host trees. Beetles require maturation feeding on bark of thin twigs [▽].

Body length:9 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:polyphagous in broadleaf trees (Magnolia, Ficus carica, Wisteria, Tilia japonica, Malus, Morus, Actinidia, Ribes, etc.)
Distribution:Russian far East (Kuril Islands, Sakhalin), Japan

The depicted beetles were collected: ♂ - close to the mouth of stream Odinokyi (Одинокий) (N43°54′42″ E145°30′33″; 1.5 km SWW Alekhino) on August 5, 2011; ♀ - in Tretyakovo (Третьяково) cottage settlement environs (N43°59′09″ E145°39′15″; Valentina creek valley) on August 10-14, 2011. Both localities are located in Kurils Nature Reserve (Kunashir/Кунаши́р island, Kuril Islands, Yuzhno-Kurilsky district, Sakhalin region, Russia).

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov and A. Zaitsev

Bates H.W.:
On the Longicorn Coleoptera of Japan.
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History (4) 12 (71): 380-390, 1873. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 3 - Laminae Part I.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 300pp [pages 273-280], 1990. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusApomecynini J. Thomson, 1860
GenusAsaperda Bates, 1873
SpeciesAsaperda agapanthina Bates, 1873