Leioderes tuerki (Ganglbauer, 1885)
[= Phymatodes bodemeyeri (Reitter, 1903)]
[= Phymatodes türki (Ganglbauer, 1885)]

Leioderes tuerki

[Photo © David Navrátil]

Leioderes tuerki, a rare and not often collected Levantine species, has been described from Gülek environs (South Turkey) as Callidium (Lioderes) Türki by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1886 [▽]. L. tuerki develops in Quercus, Juglans and Acer but it is likely that also other deciduous trees serve as its host. It is a crepuscular to nocturnal species. The beetles start to activate at dusk and can be observed in flight around their potential hosts. Occasionally they gather on flowering shrubs like hawthorn and stay there all over the night. In the next morning they can still be observed sitting in the flowers but completely disappear before noon. The adults were once beaten from dry branches of Juglans regia during the day. The larvae feed in dead branches of host trees, create a large subcortical galleries and then enter very deep into the wood, to the heart of the branch, where they pupate. Adults are active from April to June [❖].

Body length:8 - 13 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Juglans, Acer syriacum, Carpinus etc.)
Distribution:Lebanon, South Turkey, Syria

The beetles in the picture were found sitting in a blossoming hawthorn (Crataegus sp., Rosaceae) near Ciftehan village (South Turkey).

Collected by M.Rejzek

Ganglbauer L.:
Neue und weniger bekannte Longicornier des paläarktischen Faunengebietes.
Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 35 [1885]: 515-524, 1886. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. & Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusLeioderes L. Redtenbacher, 1849
SpeciesLeioderes tuerki (Ganglbauer, 1885)