Phytoecia (Musaria) affinis (Harrer, 1784)
ssp. affinis (Harrer, 1784)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia affinis affinis
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Phytoecia (Musaria) affinis, a species occuring from Kazakhstan to Iberian Peninsula, was firstly described from Carniola as Leptura Oculata by Giovanni Antonio Scopoli in 1764 [✧], then as Leptura nigripes by Johann Eusebius Voet in 1778 [❖] and for the third time by Matthias Piller and Ludwig Mitterpacher von Mitterburg as Cerambyx bipunctatus in 1783 [★]. However, the generic name affinis (as Leptura affinis) from Georg Albrecht Harrer's description (1784; ▿) is currently valid and used. The first two names are considered nomen oblitum and the third one is preoccupied. P. affinis inhabits meadows, forest edges, uncultivated gardens, bosques and overgrown pastures. Development of larvae in the stems and underground parts of various Apiaceae species, usually on habitats with higher soil moisture, indirectly sunlit. The larvae feed in the stems and pupate in their basal/underground parts. It overwinters as a larva, life-cycle 1 year (in colder localities up to 2 years). Adults, active from end of April to July (peak at the turn of May and June), can be found on the host plants [○].

Body length:9 - 16 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:oligophagous in Apiaceae (Chaerophyllum, Pastinacia, Bupleurum, Imperatoria, Laserpitium etc.)
Distribution:Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine

The depicted beetles were collected in Trpejca (Трпејца) village environs (1401 m a.s.l., Galičica NP/Национален парк Галичица; SW Macedonia) on June 2-3, 2011 and May 20, 2013, respectively.

Collected by David Navrátil and Petr Jelínek

Scopoli G.A.:
Entomologia Carniolica exhibens Insecta Carniolæ indigena et distribua in ordines, genera, species, varietates. Methodo Linnæana.
Trattner, Vindobonae 6 + i-xxiii + 421pp, 1763. [download pdf icon]

Voet J.E.:
Catalogus Systematicus Coleopterorum.
La Haye, Bakhuysen 2: 254pp, 1778. [download pdf icon]

Piller M. and Mitterpacher von Mitterburg L.:
Iter per Poseganam, Slavoniae provinciam, mensibus Junio et Julio anno MDCCLXXXII susceptum, a Mathia Piller, historiae naturalis, et Ludovico Mitterpacher, oeconomiae rusticae in regia Universitate budensi professoribus, presbyteris.
Budae, typis regiae Universitatis, anno MDCCLXXXIII: 1-147, 1783. [download pdf icon]

Harrer G.A.:
Beschreibung derjenigen Insecten, welche Herr D. Jacob Christoph Schäffer in CCLXXX ausgemahlten Kupfertafeln unter dem Titel: Icones Insectorum circa Ratisbonam indigenorum in drey Theilen herausgegeben hat. Theil I. Hartschaalige Insekten.
Regensburg, Kayserischer Verlag, 328pp, 1784. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp, 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia affinis affinis
Phytoecia affinis affinis
Phytoecia affinis affinis
Phytoecia affinis affinis
Phytoecia affinis affinis
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusMusaria J. Thomson, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Musaria) affinis (Harrer, 1784)
SpeciesPhytoecia (Musaria) affinis affinis (Harrer, 1784)