Molorchus (Molorchus) umbellatarum (Schreber, 1759)
ssp. umbellatarum (Schreber, 1759)
[= Glaphyra umbellatarum (Schreber, 1759)]

Molorchus umbellatarum umbellatarum
[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov]

Molorchus umbellatarum umbellatarum is a relatively common taxon with a large area of occurrence from the Atlantic coast to Iran. Larvae develop first under the bark and later in the wood of dead thin twigs of various deciduous trees and shrubs. The larvae overwinter in hook-shaped pupal cell in created in the wood, pupation in spring, life-cycle 2 years. Adults, active from April to July (peak in May-June), are diurnal and anthophilous but can be also beaten from dying/dead twigs of the host plants.

Body length:5 - 9 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees and shrubs (Cornus, Euonymus, Prunus, Rosa, Sorbus, Cydonia, Viburnum, Malus, Rubus, Amelanchier, Castanea, etc.)
Distribution:Europe, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Near East, Iran

The depicted mounted male beetle was collected in Fanagoriyskoye (Фанагорийское) village environs (Goryachy Klyuch district, Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia) on May 19, 2012. The living beetle were: ♂ - collected in Agioi Theodoroi (Άγιοι Θεόδωροι) village environs (Grevena municipality, Grevena regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece) on May 18, 2022; ♀ - reared from larva found in Pouzdřany environs (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) in January 2021.

Collected by Maxim E. Smirnov and Daniel Rydzi

Molorchus umbellatarum
Molorchus umbellatarum umbellatarum ♂  [Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Molorchus umbellatarum
Molorchus umbellatarum umbellatarum ♀  [Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusMolorchini Mulsant, 1863
GenusMolorchus Fabricius, 1793
SubgenusMolorchus Fabricius, 1793
SpeciesMolorchus (Molorchus) umbellatarum (Schreber, 1759)
SubspeciesMolorchus (Molorchus) umbellatarum umbellatarum (Schreber, 1759)