Dorcadion (Cribridorcadion) equestre (Laxmann, 1770)
ssp. reclinatum Kraatz, 1892

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Dorcadion equestre reclinatum

[Photo © Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Dorcadion (Cribridorcadion) equestre was described from Southern Russia as Cerambyx equestis by Erich Laxmann in 1770 [❖]. Its wide distributed subspecies D. equestre reclinatum, known from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia & Montenegro, has been described from "Balkan" as Dorcadion equestre var. reclinatum by Gustav Kraatz in 1892 [✧]. D. equestre reclinatum differs from the nominotypical subspecies occuring in Russia and Ukraine, among others and above all by the absence of a dorsal rib in the basal part of the elytra [▽].

Body length:♂♂ 13.4 - 19.0 mm / ♀♀ 15.1 - 21.7 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:roots of grasses (Poaceae)
Distribution:Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia & Montenegro

The mounted beetles were collected in Malo Cersko (Мало Церско) village environs (Kičevo Municipality, North Macedonia) in May 9, 2009. The depicted living beetle was collected in Northern Greece.

Collected by I.Boščík and P.Jelínek

Laxmann E.:
Novae Insectorum species.
Novi commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae 14 (1): 593-604, 1770. [download pdf icon]

Kraatz G.:
Die Varietäten des Dorcadion equestre Laxman.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 36 (1): 173-174, 1892. [download pdf icon]

Pesarini C. and Sabbadini A.:
Ricerche sui Dorcadionini di Grecia IV. Le specie della Macedonia e della Tracia (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano 151 (2): 179-216, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Dorcadion equestre reclinatum
Dorcadion equestre reclinatum
Dorcadion equestre reclinatum
Dorcadion equestre reclinatum ♂  [Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusDorcadion Dalman, 1817
SubgenusCribridorcadion Pic, 1901
SpeciesDorcadion (Cribridorcadion) equestre (Laxmann, 1770)
SubspeciesDorcadion (Cribridorcadion) equestre reclinatum Kraatz, 1892