Saperda (Saperda) similis Laicharting, 1784

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Saperda similis
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

Saperda similis, a widely distributed Palearctic species occuring from West Europe to Mongolia, has been described from Insbruck environs (Austria) by Johann Nepomuk Laicharting in 1784 [▽]. S. similis larvae develop in living tissues of goat willow (Salix caprea). Attacked trees can be easily recognised by an amount of frass expelled by later larval instars when creating pupal cells at the beginning of May (Central Europe) [❖]. Adults, active from late May to August, can be found on the host trees.

Body length:12 - 25 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Salix spp., in Europe monophagous on goat willow (Salix caprea)
Distribution:Europe (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine), China (Xinjiang), Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Fergana Range 17 km SE Otbay (Отбай) village (N41°39′ E73°03′; Toktogul district, Jalal-Abad Region, Kyrgyzstan) on June 11-15, 2017. The living beetle was collected in Librazhd environs (Elbasan county, Eastern Albania) in June 2014.

The presented specimens represent the white pubescence form (Saperda similis var. albopubescens Pic, 1925), which is characteristic for Central-East Asia but rather rare in Europe.

Collected by Andrey Shapovalov and Tamás Németh

Laicharting J.N.:
Verzeichniss und Beschreibung der Tyrolen-Insecten.
Zürich, Johann Caspar Füessly, 2 (1): v-xiv + 176pp, 1784. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [page 318-319], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Saperda similis
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusSaperda Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusSaperda Fabricius, 1775
SpeciesSaperda (Saperda) similis Laicharting, 1784