Dorcadion (Politodorcadion) ribbei (Kraatz, 1878)
ssp. ribbei (Kraatz, 1878)
[= Politodorcadion ribbei ribbei (Kraatz, 1878)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Dorcadion ribbei ribbei

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Dorcadion ribbei, a species occuring in Kazakhstan and North-West China (Xinjiang), has been described from Tarbagatay Range (Kazakhstan) by Gustav Kraatz in 1878 [✯]. Typical habitats of D. ribbei ribbei are submontane clay and stony semi-deserts with sparse grass vegetation. Larvae develop on roots of various grass species (Poaceae). Adults feed on above-ground parts of the same plant species. In warm sunny weather, males are actively moving in search of virgin females. Females are less active and usually staying under plants [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 12.3 - 17.8 mm / ♀♀ 14.5 - 19 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:late April - May
Host plant:roots of herbaceous plants and grass
Distribution:Kazakhstan, North-West China (Xinjiang)

The depicted beetles were collected 50 km SW of Zaisan (EasEast Kazakhstan region, Kazakhstan) in May 1999.

Collected by A. Irtlach

Kraatz G.:
Zwei neue sibirische Dorcadion.
Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, Berlin 22 (1): 219-221, 1878. [download pdf icon]

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]

Danilevsky M.L.:
New taxa of the genus Dorcadion Dalman from Asia (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Lambillionea 96 (2) 2: 407-420, 1996 [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusDorcadion Dalman, 1817
SubgenusPolitodorcadion Danilevsky, 1996
SpeciesDorcadion (Politodorcadion) ribbei (Kraatz, 1878)
SubspeciesDorcadion (Politodorcadion) ribbei ribbei (Kraatz, 1878)