Conizonia (Conizonia) warnieri (Lucas, 1847)
[= Saperda cinerea Guérin-Méneville, 1841]
[= Conizonia aumontiana (Lucas, 1851)]
[= Conizonia heterogyna Fairmaire, 1870]
[= Conizonia henoni Pic, 1891]
[= Conizonia poweli Pic, 1941]
[= Conizonia mimeuri Pic, 1950]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Conizonia warnieri
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Conizonia warnieri, a species occurring in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, was first described from Constantine environs (Algeria) by Félix Edouard Guérin-Méneville as Saperda cinerea as early as 1841 [❖]. However, due to pre-occupation, the valid name of the species is Phytæcia Warnieri, used by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas in his description of the same taxon published in 1847 [▽].

Conizonia warnieri is a very variable species in both color and body size (between 11 and 21 mm in length), which is also the reason for its many synonyms. The larva develops in the roots of Centaurae, often in meadows or pastures of mountainous regions. Adults, active from March to May, sometimes fly or walk on the ground but they can be often found under the basal leaves of the host plant where they mate. [✧][★]

Body length:11 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:Centaurea pullala, Centaurea nana
Distribution:Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Mischliffen environs (N33°26′ W05°04′; 1905 m a.s.l., Middle Atlas Mts., 10 km E Azrou, Ifrane province, Fès-Meknès region, Morocco) on May 12-13, 2012 (♂) / May 15-19, 2011 (♀). The living beetles were collected on an yellow Centaurea (probably C. nana) close to the previously mentioned locality on May 21, 2022.

Collected by Petr Kabátek and Petr Jelínek

Guérin-Méneville F.E.:
G. Saperde. Saperda. Fabr. S. cendrée. S. cinerea. Gory. Pl. 74.
Magasin de Zoologie, Paris 2 (3): 9, 1841. [download pdf icon]

Lucas P.H.:
Histoire Naturelle des animaux articulés. Coléoptères.
In: Exploration scientifique de l'Algérie pendant les années 1840, 1841, 1842. Sciences Physiques et Zoologie II. (Deuxième partie. Insectes) [1846] 2: 590pp, 1847. [download pdf icon]

Villiers A.:
Coléoptères Cérambycides de l'Afrique du Nord.
Faune de l'Empire Français, ORSC Paris, 5: 1-152, 1946. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte IV / Partie IV : Cerambycidae : Lamiinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 29 (1): 26-65, 2020. [download pdf icon]

Breuning S.:
Revision von 35 Gattungen aus der Gruppe der Saperdini Muls. (Col. Cerambycidae).
Entomologischen Arbeiten aus dem Museum G. Frey, Tutzing bei München 5 (2): 401-567, 1954. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Révision du genre Conizonia Fairmaire, 1864 (Coleoptera - Cerambycidae - Phytoeciini).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 21 (1): 15-43, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Conizonia warnieri
Conizonia warnieri[Photo © Petr Jelínek]
Conizonia warnieri
Conizonia warnieri
Conizonia warnieri[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusConizonia Fairmaire, 1864
Subgenus:Conizonia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesConizonia (Conizonia) warnieri (Lucas, 1847)