Phytoecia (Neomusaria) waltli (Sama, 1991)
[= Phytoecia modesta (Waltl, 1838); ❖]
[= Neomusaria waltli Sama, 1991; ❖]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia waltli
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Phytoecia (Neomusaria) waltli, a relatively rare species occuring in Near East and South Turkey, has been originally described from "Turkey" as Saperda modesta by Joseph Waltl in 1838 [✳]. For a long time, this taxon was listed in the literature as Phytoecia modesta, however, due to the preoccupation of the name modesta, the currently valid species name is waltli, first used by Gianfranco Sama in 1991 [❖]. Larval development in basal stem parts and roots of Salvia species. Adults, active from April to June, can be found on host plants [✮].

Body length: 9 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:sages (Salvia spp.)
Distribution:Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

The beetle in the picture was collected on Salvia sp. in Avgadi environs (800-1100 m a.s.l., 35 km N of Erdemli, Mersin province, South Turkey) on June 16-20, 1996.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec

Waltl J.:
Beyträge zur Kenntniss der Coleopteren der Türken.
Isis von Oken, Leipzig 31 (6): 449-472, 1838. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Note sulla nomenclatura dei Cerambycidae della Regione mediterranea (Coleoptera).
Bolletino della Società Entomologica Italiana, Genova 123 (2): 121-128, 1991. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Notes on Neomusaria PLAVILSTSHIKOV, 1928 with description of a new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Koleopterologische Rundschau 63: 293-297, 1993. [download pdf icon]

[ key of Neomusaria subgenus ]
Özdikmen H. & Özdikmen G.:
Updated world species list of the subgenus Phytoecia (Neomusaria) Plavilstshikov, 1928 with two new subspecies from Turkey (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 11 (2): 492-500, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Phytoecia waltli - genitalia

Male genitalia of Phytoecia (Neomusaria) waltli (Sama, 1991) in detail: A. aedeagus, B. lateral lobes, C. subgenital plate.
[Photo © David Navrátil]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusNeomusaria Plavilstshikov, 1928
SpeciesPhytoecia (Neomusaria) waltli (Sama, 1991)