Coptops aedificator (Fabricius, 1793)
[= Lamia ambulator Fabricius, 1775]
[= Lamia fusca Olivier, 1797]
[= Lamia villica Olivier, 1797]
[= Coptops quadristigma Fåhraeus, 1872]
[= Coptops bidens Wollaston, 1877]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DESMIPHORINI
Clytus schneideri schneideri

[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Coptops aedificator, a broadly distributed species occuring in Arabian peninsula, South and South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Cape Verde and Indian Ocean islands, has been described from East India as Lamia aedificator by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1793 [✧]. C. aedificator is a broadly polyphagous species which larvae feed under/in a bark of broadleaf trees. Life-cycle one year, adults are nocturnal and can be found on the host trees or attracted by light [❖][✩][✮].

Body length:11 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:depends on the region, often throughout the year
Host plant:broadly polyphagous in broadleaf trees (e.g. reported from Vachellia, Mangifera, Afzelia, Artocarpus, Coffea, Theobroma, Ficus.)
Distribution:Arabian peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen), South and South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Cape Verde, Indian Ocean islands

The depicted beetle were: ♂ - reared from larva found in Hawf (حوف) village environs (N16°39′ E53°03′; 191 m a.s.l., Jabal al Fatk Mts., Al Mahrah governorate, Yemen) on April 2, 2007; ♀ - collected in Hammam Ali (حمام علي) village environs (N14°40′ E44°10′; 1677 m a.s.l., Dhamar governorate, Yemen) on April 12, 2007.

Collected by Petr Kabátek

Fabricius J.Ch.:
Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum classes ordines, genera, species adjectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus.
Hafniae, C. G. Proft 1 (2): xx + 538pp, 1793. [download pdf icon]

Kumawat M.M., Mamocha Singh K. and Ramamurthy V.V.:
A checklist of the Long-horned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India with several new reports.
Journal of Threatened Taxa 7 (12): 7879-7901, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Sandeep S., Kolla S. and Venkata R.P.:
A Note on the Occurrence of Cerambycid Coptops eedificator (F.) on Mango in Punjab.
Indian Journal of Entomology 83 (1): 419-422, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Ambrus R. and Grosser W.:
Contribution to the knowledge of longhorn beetles from Dhofar region in sultanate of Oman (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International Almanac 1 (2): 448-457, 2012. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusMesosini Thomson, 1860
GenusCoptops Audinet-Serville, 1835
SpeciesCoptops aedificator (Fabricius, 1793)