Phytoecia (Metallidia) alinae Kasatkin, 2011

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia alinae
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

This rare representative of a new Metallidia subgenus of Phytoecia was described according to two collected specimens (♂ / ♀) by Denis Kasatkin in 2011 [❖]. Both adults beetles were found on Rindera albida (Boraginaceae), which is probably the host plant of this interesting Phytoecia.

Body length:12 - 12.5 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Rindera albida (Boraginaceae)
Distribution:a species endemic to Turkey

The depicted beetles were collected in Buğlan Geçidi (Buglan Pass) (Muş province, East Turkey) on May 29-30, 2011.

Collected by our friend Denis G. Kasatkin

Kasatkin D.G.:
A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Eastern Turkey.
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 7 (2): 143-144, 2012. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia alinae
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Dejean, 1835
SubgenusMetallidia Kasatkin, 2012
SpeciesPhytoecia (Metallidia) alinae Kasatkin, 2011