Rutpela (Rutpela) inermis (K. Daniel et J. Daniel, 1898)
[= Leptura inermis K. Daniel et J. Daniel, 1898]
[= Strangalia elboursensis Pic, 1905]
[= Strangalia inermis (K. Daniel et J. Daniel, 1898)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Rutpela inermis

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Rutpela inermis, a sister species of a common European Rutpela maculata (Poda, 1761), is distributed in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkmenistan. It has been described from Talysh Mountains (Azerbaijan) as Leptura inermis by Karl and Josef Daniel in 1898 [▽]. Larvae develop in decaying wood of deciduous trees, pupate in wood during spring. Adults, active from May to July, are diurnal and anthophilous (e.g. reported on blossoming hawthorn in Talysh Mts.) [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 11 - 12 mm / ♀♀ 12 -13 mm.
Life cycle:2 - 3 years [?]
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Carpinus)
Distribution:Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan

The depicted females (typical and dark form) were collected in Rashī village environs (N36°50′18″ E49°39′47″; 900-960 m a.s.l., Rahmatabad and Blukat district, Rudbar county, Gilan province, Iran) on June 16, 2010 and June 9-11, 2014.

Collected by Walter Grosser

Daniel K. and Daniel J.:
Zwanzig neue Arten aus dem paläarktischen Faunengebiet.
Coleopteren-Studien 2 (7): 61-82, Druck C. Wolf & Sohn, München, 1898. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 338], 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1802
GenusRutpela Nakane et Ohbayashi, 1959
SubgenusRutpela Nakane et Ohbayashi, 1959
SpeciesRutpela (Rutpela) inermis (K. Daniel et J. Daniel, 1898)