Dorcadion (Acutodorcadion) nivosum (Suvorov, 1913)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI

Dorcadion nivosum - male
Dorcadion nivosum[Photo © E.Rutjan]

Typical habitats of Dorcadion (Acutodorcadion) nivosum are steppe stony slopes and valleys in foothills with grass vegetation at 1 300 - 1 400 m. Species is distributed in foothills of southern macroslope of Dzhungar Mts. SE of Burkhan—Sarytau mountain massif, valley of Tyshkan River and environs of Sary-Bel village (South-Eastern Kazakhstan). Larvae feed on roots of grass species (Poaceae). Imagoes feed on above-ground parts of the same plants. In warm sunny weather, males are actively move in search of virgin females. Females are less active and usually staying under plants. [❖]

Body length:♂ 16 - 22 mm / ♀ 19 - 26 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:3rd decade of April - 1st decade of June
Host plant:larvae feed on roots of various grass species (Poaceae)
Distribution:South-Eastern Kazakhstan

The depicted beetle was photographed near Sarymbel (Сарымбель) village (SE Kazakhstan) by our friend Evgeniy Rutjan.

Toropov S.A., Milko D.A.:
Longhorns of the tribe Dorcadionini (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia.
SatEnto, Bishkek, 103pp, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Dorcadion nivosum - female
Dorcadion nivosum[Photo © E.Rutjan]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusDorcadion Dalman, 1817
SubgenusAcutodorcadion Danilevsky, Kasatkin et Rubenian, 2004
SpeciesDorcadion (Acutodorcadion) nivosum (Suvorov, 1913)