Oupyrrhidium cinnaberinum (Blessig, 1872)
[= Oupyrrhidium cinnabarinum (Blessig, 1872)]
[= Oupyrrhidium chinense Li, 1992]

Oupyrrhidium cinnaberinum
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov]

Oupyrrhidium cinnaberinum, a strikingly colored species of oak-elm forests of southeastern North Asia, has been described from "Bureja-Gebirge" (Bureya Range/Буреинский хребет), Khabarovsk Krai, Russian Far East) as Callidium cinnaberinum by Constantin Blessig in 1872 [❖]. O. cinnaberinum larvae develop in dying/freshly dead branches of deciduous trees (Ulmus is strongly preferred). Young larvae create meandering subcortical galleries, deeply impressed in alburnum and plugged with fine frass. The last instar larvae penetrate the sapwood and form pupal cells at a depth of 0.6-1.0 cm. Life cycle 2 years. Adults, active in June and July, can be found on the host trees [✳].

Body length:7 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:polyphagous on deciduous trees (Ulmus spp., Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Russian Far East, China, Korea

The depicted female (16 mm) beetle was collected in Prosolochnyy kordon (N43°00′56″ E134°07′29″, Kордон Просёлочный; Lazovski Nature Reserve/Лазовский заповедник, Lazovsky district, Primorsky Krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on July 9, 2005.

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov

Blessig C.:
Zur Kenntniss der Käferfauna Süd-Ost-Sibiriens insbesondere des Amur-Landes. Longicornia.
Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae, St. Petersbourg 9 (2): 161-260, 1872. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 2 - Cerambycinae Part I.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 304pp [pages 204-210], 1988. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusOupyrrhidium Pic, 1900
SpeciesOupyrrhidium cinnaberinum (Blessig, 1872)