Brachyta (Fasciobrachyta) bureschi (Kantardjieva-Minkova, 1957)
[= Evodinus balcanicus f. bureschi Kantardjieva-Minkova, 1957]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: EVODINIINI
Brachyta bureschi

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Brachyta bureschi, a very rare species endemic to North-Eastern Balkan Penisula, has been described as Evodinus balcanicus f. bureschi from Varna and Kavarna environs (Bulgaria) by S. Kantardjieva-Minkova in 1957 [❖]. The taxonomical status of this beautiful beetle was reevaluated and taxon was elevated into species level by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi, Cosmin Manci and Denis Gradinarov in 2020 [✧]. Larvae of this in elytral coloration extremely variable species develop in roots of fern leaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia). Adults, active from early April to early June, are diurnal and anthophilous (can be found on flowers of the host plant).

Body length:14 - 19 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years [?]
Adults in:April - early June
Host plant:fern leaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)
Distribution:endemic species to North-Eastern Balkan Penisula (Bulgaria, Romania)

The depicted mounted beetles were found on the host plant (Paeonia tenuifolia L.) in Negru Vodă environs (Constanța county, Northern Dobruja/Dobrogea de Nord/Северна Добруджа, SE Romania) on April 15, 2022.

Kantardjieva-Minkova S.:
Нови и редки видове от семейство Cerambycidae в България.
[New and rare species of the Cerambycidae family in Bulgaria.]
Izvestiya na Zoologicheskiya Institut s Muzei (Sofia) 6: 539-551, 1957.

Rapuzzi P., Manci C., Gradinarov D.:
Brachyta (Fasciobrachyta) bureschi (Kantardjieva-Minkova, 1957): a distinct species from North East Bulgaria and South East Romania (North East Balkan Penisula) (Coleoptera Cerambycidae Lepturinae Rhagiini).
Biodiversity Journal 11 (4): 903-912, 2020. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusEvodiniini Zamoroka, 2022
GenusBrachyta Fairmaire in Jacquelin du Val, 1864
SubgenusFasciobrachyta Danilevsky, 2014
SpeciesBrachyta (Fasciobrachyta) bureschi (Kantardjieva-Minkova, 1957)