Stenopterus atricornis Pic, 1891

Stenopterus atricornis
[Photo © Maxim E. Smirnov], click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Stenopterus atricornis, a not very often collected species occurring in the South-Eastern Mediterranean (Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria), has been described from Akbez environs (Hatay, Turkey) as Stenopterus rufus var. atricornis by Maurice Pic in 1891 [❖]. For a long time it was considered by many entomologists only as a form of Stenopterus rufus (Linnaeus, 1767), to the species level it was eventually elevated by Karl Adlbauer in 1988 [▽]. S. atricornis, regarded as a very rare species, is in reality locally abundant flower visitor with unusually scattered areas of occurrence reported from the South-Eastern Mediterranean.

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria

The depicted mouinted male beetle was collected in Kabak near Ölüdeniz (Fethiye district, Muğla Province, Turkey) on May 6, 2017. The living beetles were collected in Katafigio Agrias Zois Kampos (Καταφύγιο Άγριας Ζωής Κάμπος) park (Karyes environs, Sparta municipality, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece) on May 28, 2021.

Collected by Maxim E. Smirnov and Daniel Rydzi

Pic M.:
Descriptions d'espèces et variétés de Longicornes Syriens.
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 7 (82): 102, 1891. [download pdf icon]

Adlbauer K.:
Neues zur Taxonomie und Faunistik der Bockkäferfauna der Türkei (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomofauna - Zeitschrift für Entomologie, Linz 9 (12): 257-297, 1988. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Studi sugli Stenopterini. Il genere Stenopterus Illiger, 1804 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 100 (4): 385-410, 1995. [download pdf icon]

Mesoprionus besikanus - male
Mesoprionus besikanus - male
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusStenopterini Fairmaire, 1868
GenusStenopterus Illiger, 1804
SpeciesStenopterus atricornis Pic, 1891