Oberea (Amaurostoma) taygetana Pic, 1901

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI

Oberea taygetana
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Oberea taygetana, the most robust species of Amaurostoma subgenus known only from South Greece and recently also from Albania [❖], has been described from Taygetos Mts. by Maurice Pic in 1901 [▽]. Like other species of the subgenus Amaurostoma, O. taygetana is ecologically attached to the spurges (mostly collected on Euphorbia characias wulfenii) in which stalks its larvae develop.

Body length:12 - 18 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Distribution:Albania, Greece

The depicted beetles were collected in Acrocorinth (Ακροκόρινθος) castle environs (Corinth, Corinthia regional unit, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 25, 2021 and in Socha (Σόχα) village environs (850 m a.s.l., Sparta municipality, Laconia regional unit, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 16, 2023.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Plewa R., Górski P., Gazurek T., Tylkowski S., Szewczyk M., Byk A.:
New Data on the Occurrence of Longhorn Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Albania.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 70 (2): 179-183, 2018. [download pdf icon]

Pic M.:
Notes diverses et diagnoses [4e article].
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 17 (196): 25-27, 1901. [download pdf icon]

Oberea taygetana
Oberea taygetana
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusOberea Dejean, 1835
SubgenusAmaurostoma Müller, 1906
SpeciesOberea (Amaurostoma) taygetana Pic, 1901