Saphanus piceus (Laicharting, 1784)
ssp. bartolonii Sama & Rapuzzi, 1993

Saphanus piceus bartolonii
[Photo © Adam Woźniak]

Saphanus piceus bartolonii, described by Gianfranco Sama and Pierpaolo Rapuzzi in 1993 [❖], is a rare, little-known taxon, so far found only in the Greek province of Thessaly. Ecologically related to beech (Fagus spp.). The larvae develop in stumps and roots. The beetles lead a secretive, nocturnal lifestyle. The species' habitat and pupa are depicted in dedicated page.

Body length:♂♂ 14 - 20 mm / ♀♀ 17 - 24 mm
Life cycle:several years
Adults in:June – July
Host plant:the only known host plant is beech (Fagus spp.)
Distribution:Greece (Thessaly)

The depicted beetles were collected on Ossa Mt. slopes (Thessaly, Greece) in July 2015.

Collected by Adam Woźniak

Sama G. & Rapuzzi P.:
Revisione dei generi Saphanus Serville, 1834 e Drymochares Mulsant, 1847. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Saphanini).
Lambillionea 93 (3): 278-294, 1993.

Saphanus piceus bartolonii
Saphanus piceus bartolonii
[Photo © Adam Woźniak]

SubfamiliaSpondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832
TribusSaphanini Gistel, 1856
GenusSaphanus Audinet-Serville, 1834
SpeciesSaphanus piceus (Laicharting, 1784)
SubspeciesSaphanus piceus bartolonii Sama & Rapuzzi, 1993