Chelidonium zaitzevi Plavilstshikov, 1933

Chelidonium zaitzevi
[Photo © Alexander Napolov]

Chelidonium zaitzevi, a rare East-Palaearctic taxon occuring in Russian far East and North-East China, has been described from Primorsky krai (Russia) by Nikolai N. Plavilstshikov in 1933 [▽]. In Russian Far East Ch. zaitzevi inhabits deciduous forests of Primorsky krai. Larvae start development in living thin twigs (3 - 5 mm diameter) of maples (Acer pictum, Acer mono, Acer mandschuricum), later feed in thicker branches. Life cycle 3 years. Adult beetles are active in July and August [✧].

Body length:17 - 25 mm
Life cycle:3 years
Adults in:July - August
Host plant:Acer pictum, Acer mono, Acer mandschuricum
Distribution:Russian Far East, China

Depicted mounted female beetle (26 mm) was collected in Gorno-Tajozhnoje (Горно-Таёжное) village environs (N43°42′ E132°09′; 70-260 m a.s.l., 20 km SE Ussuriysk, Ussuriysky urban okrug, Primorsky krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on July 23, 2014.

Collected by Alexander Napolov

Plavilstshikov N.N.:
Eine neue Chelidonium-Art aus Ost-Sibirien (Col., Cerambycidae).
Entomologisches Nachrichtenblatt 7 (3): 107-109, 1933. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 2 - Cerambycinae Part I.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 304pp [pages 128-133], 1988. [download pdf icon]

Chelidonium zaitzevi
[Photo © Alexander Napolov]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallichromatini Blanchard, 1845
GenusChelidonium Thomson, 1864
SubgenusChelidonium zaitzevi Plavilstshikov, 1933