Stenurella (Stenurella) approximans (Rosenhauer, 1856)
[= Strangalia purpuripennis Mulsant, 1863]
[= Leptura approximans (Rosenhauer, 1856)]
[= Stenurella (Crassostenurella) approximans (Rosenhauer, 1856)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Stenurella approximans
[Photo © Ismael Pérez]

Stenurella approximans, West-Mediterranean species known from Portugal, Spain and Morocco, has been described from Algeciras environs (Andalusia, Spain) as Strangalia approximans by Wilhelm Gottlob Rosenhauer in 1856 [❖]. The larval biology of the species has not been described, but most likely it will be similar to other species of the genus Stenurella - i.e. development in decaying wood of deciduous and coniferous trees. Adults, active from May to August, are diurnal and anthophilous [✮][▽].

Body length:9 - 13 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:unknown, but most likely similar to other species of the genus Stenurella
Distribution:Western Mediterranean area (Portugal, Spain and Morocco)

The depicted male beetle was collected in Sierra Bermeja (1000 m a.s.l., Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain) on May 9, 2024.

Collected by Ismael Pérez

Rosenhauer W.G.:
Die Thiere Andalusiens nach dem Resultate einer Reise zusammengestellt.
Theodor Blaesing, Erlangen, 429pp, 1856. [download pdf icon]

Villiers A.:
Coléoptères Cérambycides de l'Afrique du Nord.
Faune de l'Empire Français, ORSC Paris, 5: 1-152, 1946. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos / Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte II / Partie II : Cerambycidae, Lepturinae, Vesperidae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 28 (2): 72-84, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Stenurella approximans
[Photo © Ismael Pérez]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1804
GenusStenurella Villiers, 1974
SubgenusStenurella Villiers, 1974
SpeciesStenurella (Stenurella) approximans (Rosenhauer, 1856)