Oberea (Amaurostoma) ruficeps Fischer von Waldheim, 1842
ssp. ruficeps Fischer von Waldheim, 1842

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Oberea ruficeps ruficeps
[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov]

Oberea ruficeps ruficeps, a nominotypical subspecies occuring in Kyrgizstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, western Siberia, an NW China, has been described from "Siberia orientali" by Gotthelf Fischer von Waldheim in 1842 [▽]. Larvae of O. ruficeps ruficeps develop in stalks and roots of spurges (Euphorbia spp.).

Body length:9 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:spurges (Euphorbia spp. - e.g. E. uralensis, E. seguieriana, E. esula)
Distribution:Kyrgizstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, western Siberia, NW China

The depicted male beetle was collected in Baltakol' (Балтакөл) environs (N43°09′ E67°50′; 182 m a.s.l., Syrdarya river valley, Suzak district, Jalal-Abad region, South Kazakhstan) on June 7-12, 2016.

Collected by A.Shapovalov

Fischer von Waldheim G.:
Catalogus Coleopterorum in Siberia orientali a cel. Gregorio Silide Karelin collectorum.
Moscou, 28pp, 1842. [download pdf icon]

Plavilstshikov N.N.:
Über Oberea ruficeps Fisch-Waldh. (Col., Cerambyc.).
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 88: 321-323, 1927. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusOberea Dejean, 1835
SubgenusAmaurostoma Müller, 1906
SpeciesOberea (Amaurostoma) ruficeps Fischer von Waldheim, 1842
SubspeciesOberea (Amaurostoma) ruficeps ruficeps Fischer von Waldheim, 1842