Eodorcadion (Ornatodorcadion) brandtii (Gebler, 1841)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Eodorcadion brandtii
[Photo © David Navrátil]

This striking and massive Eodorcadion species, described by Fridrich A. Gebler as Dorcadion brandti in 1841 [✧], is known from Zaisan lake depression in East Kazakhstan and also from North-West China (North Xinjiang). According to observations of M. Danilevsky adult beetles are common in sandy dunes along the left bank of Irtysh river in the beginning of August, often climbing stems of Lasiogriostis grass [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 18.9-24.6 mm / ♀♀ 20.9-29 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:August
Host plant:roots of grass
Distribution:East Kazakhstan, NW China (North Xinjiang)

The depicted beetles were captured by S. Dementiev in Kulynzhon (Құлынжон) village environs (450 m a.s.l., Kokpekti District, East Kazakhstan region, Kazakhstan) on July 23-25, 2019.

Gebler F.A.:
Notæ et addidamenta ad catalogum Coleopterorum Sibiriæ occidentalis et confinis Tatariæ operis: (C. F. von Ledebour's Reise in das Altaigebirge und die soongarische Kirgisensteppe, Zweyter Theil. Berlin. 1830.). Fasciculus secundus.
Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 14(4): 577-625, 1841. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Revision of the genus Eodorcadion Breuning, 1947 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Magellanes, Collection systématique 16: 1-230, 2007. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Dorcadionini Swainson, 1840
Genus: Eodorcadion Breuning, 1947
Subgenus: Ornatodorcadion Breuning, 1947
Species: Eodorcadion (Ornatodorcadion) brandtii (Gebler, 1841)