Dorcadion (Acutodorcadion) tschitscherini Jakovlev, 1899

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Dorcadion tschitscherini

[Photo © Sergey V. Kolov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Dorcadion tschitscherini, a striking Dorcadion species endemic to South-Eastern Kazakhstan, has been decribed from former Malovodnoye village environs (Almaty region, Kazakhstan) by Vasiliy Ewgrafowitsch Jakovlev in 1899 [✱]. Typical habitats of D. tschitscherini are steppe valleys at the foot of the mountains and river banks with sparse grass vegetation, up to a height of 1000 m a.s.l. in piedmont plain of the northern slope of the Trans-Ili Range between the valleys of the Kaskelen and Kurty rivers (South-Eastern Kazakhstan). Adults, active from early April to the first decade of May, feed on above-ground parts of the host grasses. In warm sunny weather, males are actively moving in search of virgin females. Females are less active and usually staying under plants [❖].

Body length:15 - 17 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:early April - first decade of May
Host plant:larvae feed on roots of various grass species (Poaceae)
Distribution:an endemic species to South-Eastern Kazakhstan

The depicted mounted beetles were collected using soil traps 8 km W of Karaoy (Қараой) village (N43°31′38″ E76°43′35″; 655 m a.s.l., Ile district, Almaty region, Kazakhstan) on April 29, 2010.

Collected by Sergey V. Kolov

Jakovlev V.E.:
Quelques nouvelles espèces du sous-genre Compsodorcadion Ganglb.
Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae, St. Petersbourg 33 (1-2): 147-155, 1899. [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]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusDorcadion Dalman, 1817
SubgenusAcutodorcadion Danilevsky, Kasatkin & Rubenian, 2004
SpeciesDorcadion (Acutodorcadion) grande Jakovlev, 1906