Phytoecia (Musaria) astarte Ganglbauer, 1886
ssp. lederi Pic, 1899

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia astarte lederi
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

Phytoecia astarte, a widely distributed West-Asian species occuring from Iran to Lebanon, has been described from Asia Minor by Ludwig Ganglbauer in 1886 [✧]. Its the most common subspecies P. astarte lederi, known from Caucasus, Transcaucasia and Turkey, has been described from Armenia as Phytoecia astarte var. Lederi by Maurice Pic in 1899 [✳]. In Nemrut (SE Turkey) P. astarte lederi is regularly collected on a sg. Cynarae (Asteraceae) plant which most probably serves as its host [❖].

Body length:9 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:thistles (sg. Cynarae)
Distribution:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey

The depicted beetle was collected in summit plateaus of Nemrut Dagi Mt. (Adiyaman prov., Anatolia, SE Turkey) on June 10, 2011.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec

Ganglbauer L.:
Neue und weniger bekannte Longicornier des paläarktischen Faunengebietes.
Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 35 [1885]: 515-524, 1886. [download pdf icon]

Pic M.:
Séance du 13 décembre 1899. Description d'une variété de Phytoecia Astarte Ganglb. [Col.].
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris [1899]: 391-392, 1899. [download pdf icon]

Rejzek M., Sama G., Alziar G.:
Host plants of several herb-feeding Cerambycidae mainly from east Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen 17 (4): 263-294, 2001. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
A review of the genus Musaria Thomson, 1864 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Turkey with zoogeographical remarks.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 2 (2): 511-516, 2007. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia astarte lederi
Phytoecia astarte lederi
Phytoecia astarte lederi
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Dejean, 1835
SubgenusMusaria J. Thomson, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Musaria) astarte Ganglbauer, 1886
SubspeciesPhytoecia (Musaria) astarte lederi Pic, 1899