Hesperophanes sericeus (Fabricius, 1787)
[= Hesperophanes rotundicollis Lucas, 1842]

Hesperophanes sericeus
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Hesperophanes sericeus, a widely distributed Mediterranean nocturnal species frequently attracted to light, has been described from Algeria as Callidium sericeum by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1787 [✧]. Larvae are developing in dead wood of thick trunks or roots and pupate in the wood, species is polyphagous in many species of deciduos trees.

Body length:20 - 28 mm
Life cycle:several years
Adults in:June - September
Host plant:polyphagous on deciduous trees and shrubs (Juglans, Ficus, Vitis, Platanus, Quercus, etc.)
Distribution:whole Mediterranean region (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Corsica, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Cyprus, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey) and Crimea

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in: ♂ Zakynthos island (Ionian Islands, Greece) on August 20, 2004; ♀ Primošten environs (Šibenik-Knin county, Croatia) on July 28, 2012. The living specimen was collected in Lebanon in 2017.

Collected by K. Burešová, David Navrátil and Tamás Németh

Fabricius J.Ch.:
Mantissa insectorum sistens eorum species nuper detectas adiectis characteribus genericis, differentiis specificis, emendationibus, observationibus.
Hafniae, Proft 1: 348 pp, 1787. [download pdf icon]

Hesperophanes sericeus
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusHesperophanes Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesHesperophanes sericeus (Fabricius, 1787)