Saperda (Compsidia) quercus Charpentier, 1825
ssp. quercus Charpentier, 1825

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Saperda quercus quercus

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Saperda (Compsidia) quercus quercus, a rare nominotypic subspecies occuring in South-Eastern Balkan peninsula (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro), has been described by Toussaint Charpentier in 1825 [✧]. Larvae of S. quercus quercus develop in thin living branches of oaks, in Albania and Greece this species prefers as a host tree kermes oak (Quercus cociffera).

Body length:12 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:living oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro

The depicted beetles were beaten from living kermes oak in Karyes (Καρυές) vilage environs (868 m a.s.l. Sparti, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 21-23, 2009.

Collected by David Navrátil

Charpentier T.:
Horae Entomologicae adjectis tabulis novem coloratis.
Gosohorsky, Wratislawiae, 255pp, 1825. [download pdf icon]

Saperda quercus quercus
[Photo © Václav Kozel]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusSaperda Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusCompsidia Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesSaperda (Compsidia) quercus Charpentier, 1825
SubspeciesSaperda (Compsidia) quercus quercus Charpentier, 1825