Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis (Sama et Rejzek, 2001)
[= Helladia) imperialis Sama et Rejzek, 2001]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia imperialis
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis has been described by Gianfranco Sama and Martin Rejzek [❖] from Orumiye, Azarbaygan-e-Garbi province (NW Iran) in 2001. The species is related to Phytoecia (Helladia) ferrugata Ganglbauer, 1884, Phytoecia (Helladia) orbicollis orbicollis Reiche et Saulcy, 1858, and Phytoecia (Helladia) orbicollis adelpha Ganglbauer, 1886. All specimens of Phytoecia (Helladia) imperialis were collected on Centaurea imperialis (Asteraceae). which most likely serves as their host plant.

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:Centaurea imperialis
Distribution:a species endemic to NW Iran

The mounted beetles beetles were collected in Sīroo (سرو) environs (1900-2000 m a.s.l., Sumay-ye Beradust district, Urmia county, Āzarbāyjān-e Gharbī province, NW Iran) on May 30-31, 2017. The depicted living beetles were collected near Urmiya/Orumiyeh (Urmia county, Āzarbāyjān-e Gharbī province, NW Iran).

Collected by David Navrátil and M.Rejzek

Sama G. and Rejzek M.:
Helladia imperialis espece nouvelle de l'Iran (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Phytoeciini).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 17 (3): 239-246, [2000] 2001. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
An overview on the W-palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Helladia) Fairmaire, 1864 with a new subspecies Phytoecia (Helladia) humeralis caneri ssp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (2): 317-343, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia imperialis
Phytoecia imperialis
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusHelladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) imperialis (Sama et Rejzek, 2001)