Ceroplesis elegans Gestro, 1889

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: CEROPLESINI
Ceroplesis elegans
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Ceroplesis elegans, a beautiful species occuring in Arabian peninsula, has been described from Yemen by Raffaello Gestro in 1889 [✱]. Adults, active from November to May, are nocturnal and can be attracted by light.

Body length:20 - 30 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:November - May
Host plant:Vachellia spp.
Distribution:Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Depicted beetle was reared from larva found in Vachellia branch in Wadi Murharash (1884 m a.s.l., 15 km NW of Sabt Al Alaya, ‘Asīr province, Saudi Arabia).

Collected by our friend František Kovařík

Gestro R.:
Viaggio ad Assab nel Mar Rosso dei signori G. Doria ed Ó. Beccari con il r. avviso "esploratore" dal 16 novembre 1876 al 26 febbraio 1880.
Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genova (Série 2) 7 (27): 5-72, 1889. [download pdf icon]

Ceroplesis elegans
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusCeroplesini J. Thomson, 1860
GenusCeroplesis Audinet-Serville, 1835
SpeciesCeroplesis elegans Gestro, 1889