Pelossus becvari (Sama, 1999)
[= Lygrus becvari Sama, 1999]

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: PELOSSINI
Pelossus becvari

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Pelossus becvari, a species occuring in Near East and Arabian Peninsula, has been described as Lygrus becvari from Jordan by Gianfranco Sama in 1999 [❖]. Adults of this interesting taxon emerges apparently twice a year, in spring and in summer, but in laboratory conditions may occur throughout the year. Beetles, crepuscular or nocturnal, are hidden (and nearly invisible thanks to their coloration) during day on the bark of twigs/thin branches of the host plants [▽].

The species was included into genus Pelossus Thomson, 1864 and at the same time in the newly established tribe Pelossini by Gérard Luc Tavakilian in 2013 [✧].

Body length:5 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - November
Host plant:Vachellia gerrardii, Ficus sp.
Distribution:Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia

The depicted beetles were rared from larvae found in Vachellia (= Acacia) sp. in Abhā (أَبْهَا‎) environs (2500 m a.s.l., Asir Region, SW Saudi Arabia) in April 2016.

Collected by P. Rapuzzi

Sama G.:
Cérambycides nouveaux de la faune de Jordanie (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 15 (2) [1998]: 175-182, 1999. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Katbeh-Bader A. and Mahdi D.M.:
A preliminary catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Jordan (Coleoptera).
Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 107 (5): 471-487, 2002. [download pdf icon]

Tavakilian G.L.:
Nouveaux actes nomenclaturaux pour 2013 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) / New nomenclatural changes for 2013 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Les Cahiers Magellanes (NS) 12: 108-111, 2013.

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusPelossini Tavakilian, 2013
GenusPelossus Thomson, 1864
SubgenusPelossus becvari (Sama, 1999)