Phytoecia (Danilevskia) molybdaena (Dalman, 1817)
[= Phytoecia (Opsilia) molybdaena (Dalman, 1817)]
[= Opsilia molybdaena (Dalman, 1817)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia molybdaena

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Phytoecia molybdaena, a rare but widely distributed taxon (Central and South Europe, Turkey, North Africa), has been described from "Halæ Saxonum" (Halle an der Saale, Germany) as Saperda molybdaena by Swedish entomologist Johan Wilhelm Dalman in 1817 [▽]. The host plant of this species in Central Europe, Lithospermum purpureo-coeruleum, was firstly mentioned in work of Tibor Kovács in 1997 [✩]. Species was included into a newly estabilihed subgenus Danilevskia by Maxim A. Lazarev in 2024 [✳].

Body length:5 - 9 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Boraginaceae (Echium grandiflorum, Cynoglossum spp., Lithospermum purpureo-coeruleum)
Distribution:Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Morocco, Turkey [✧]

The mounted specimens were were collected on L. purpureo-coeruleum in Feketeerdó environs (125 m a.s.l. Molsonmagyaróvár, Hungary) on May 18, 2018. The depicted living beetles were photographed on L. purpureo-coeruleum in Győr-Moson-Sopron county (Hungary).

Collected by David Navrátil and Nikola Rahme

Johan Wilhelm Dalman in Schönherr C.J.:
Appendix ad C. J. Schönherr Synonymiam Insectorum. Descriptiones Novarum Specierum Insectorum.
Scaris, Lewerentziana 1 (3): 266pp [page 186], 1817. [download pdf icon]

Kovács T.:
Food-plants and locality data of Hungarian longhorn beetles 2. (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). / Magyarorszagi cincerek tapnoveny- es lelohelyadatai 2. (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Folia Historico Naturalia Musei Matraensis 22: 247-255, [1997] 1998. [download pdf icon]

Lazarev M.:
Taxonomic notes on longhorned beetles with the descriptions of several new taxa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International almanac 13 (1): 21-38, 2024. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
A review of the genus Opsilia Mulsant, 1862 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) with a new record to the fauna of Turkey, Opsilia molybdaena (Dalman, 1817).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 3 (1): 191-198, 2008. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia molybdaena
Phytoecia molybdaena
[Photo © Nikola Rahme]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusDanilevskia Lazarev, 2024
SpeciesPhytoecia (Danilevskia) molybdaena (Dalman, 1817)