Mesoprionus asiaticus (Faldermann, 1837)
[= Prionus Henkei Schaufuß, 1879]

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI
Mesoprionus asiaticus

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Mesoprionus asiaticus, a species occuring in Caucasus-Transcaucasia and surrounding territories, has been described from "Transcaucasia" as Prionus asiaticus by Franz Faldermann in 1837 [▽]. M. asiaticus, belonging among the rarest Cerambycidae species of the region, inhabits arid steppe/desert landscapes and dry highlands. Larval development in dead roots of deciduous trees (reported from Ficus carica and Tamarix). Adults, active from June to August, are crepuscular and noctural [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 24 - 45 mm / ♀♀ 30 - 52 mm
Life cycle:at least 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:polyphagous in dead roots of deciduous trees
Distribution:South Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey

The depicted male beetles were collected in: (AR) - 3-4 km SW of Masis (Մասիս) town (Ararat Province, Armenia) on June 13-16, 2006; (GE) - Vashlovani National Park (Kakheti region, Georgia).

Collected by Artem Rubenian and Walter Grosser

Faldermann F.:
Fauna entomologica Transcaucasica. Coleoptera 2. Longicornes vel Capricornes.
Nouveaux Mémoires de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 5 (2): 1-433 [page 263], 1837. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [page 359], 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusMesoprionus Jakovlev, 1887
SpeciesMesoprionus asiaticus (Faldermann, 1837)