Phytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta (Ménétries, 1832)
ssp. compacta (Ménétries, 1832)
[= Phytoecia (Coptosia) compacta compacta (Ménétries, 1832)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia compacta compacta
Phytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta compacta I: Iran / T: Turkey [Photo © David Navrátil]

Populations of Phytoecia compacta compacta are extremely variable in size and habitus, whole taxon needs deep taxonomic revision with use of the modern genetic and chemometric methods. The upper picture shows differences among specimens from Iran and SE Turkey. Turkish specimens, which are subjects of "live" photography are massive, dark and mostly with reduced pubescence. Also the host plants are different (Solenanthus × Echium). Species was moved into a newly estabilished subgenus Paracoptosia by Mikhail Danilevsky in 2017 [✩]. According to M. Rejzek et al. [❖] in SE Turkey Phytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta compacta develops in Solenanthus stamineus (Boraginaceae).

Body length:10 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Solenanthus stamineus (Boraginaceae) in SE Turkey, Echium sp. in Iran
Distribution:Armenia, Iran, Turkey

The depicted living beetles and mounted ♀T were collected on Solenanthus stamineus in summit plateaus of Nemrut Dagi Mt. (Adiyaman prov., Anatolia, SE Turkey) in June 2011.

Mounted beetles (♂I / ♀I) were collected on Echium sp. in Askestan (اسكستان) village environs (1750 m a.s.l., Ardabīl province, Iran) on May 27-29, 2019.

Collected by David Navrátil, Michal Hoskovec and Petr Jelínek

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]

Kasatkin D.G.:
A new subgenus of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Russian Entomological Journal 24(2): 127-131, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
A New Subgenus of the Longicorn Genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) from the Palaearctic Region.
Entomological Review 97 (8): 1137-1139, 2017. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia compacta compacta
Phytoecia compacta compacta
Phytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta compacta ♂  [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]
Phytoecia compacta compacta
Phytoecia compacta compacta
Phytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta compacta ♀  [Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusParacoptosia Danilevsky, 2017
SpeciesPhytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta (Ménétries, 1832)
SubspeciesPhytoecia (Paracoptosia) compacta compacta (Ménétries, 1832)