Vesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866
ssp. hispalensis Fuente, 1901
[= Vesperus hispalensis Fuente, 1901]
[= Vesperus brevicollis var. hispalensis (Fuente, 1901)]
[= Vesperus baesuriensis Zuzarte, 1985]

Familia: VESPERIDAE  /  Subfamilia: VESPERINAE  /  Tribus: VESPERINI
Vesperus conicicollis hispalensis
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Vesperus conicicollis hispalensis, a subspecies occuring in south of Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal), has been described from Sevilla environs (Spain) as Vesperus hispalensis by José María Hugo de la Fuente Morales in 1901 [▽]. In "Atlas fotográfico de los cerambícidos ibero-baleares" by Eduard Vives i Noguera published in 2001, it was regarded as a subspecies of the taxon Vesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866 [❖]. V. conicicollis hispalensis larval biology is not known, but with a high probability will be similar to the related species (i.e. development in soil on roots of trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants). Adults, active in late summer and early autumn, are nocturnal and can be attracted by ultraviolet light [✧].

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years [?]
Adults in:August - October
Host plant:unknown, probably polyphagous on the roots of trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants
Distribution:Spain (Extremadura, Andalusia), Portugal (Alto Alentejo, Ribatejo, Estremadura, Algarve)

The depicted male beetles were collected in Villablanca environs (Huelva province, Andalusia, Spain) on August 29, 2021.

Collected by our friend Marcos López, to whom we gratefully thank for the depicted donated specimens

Fuente J.M.:
Dos Coleópteros Nuevos.
Buttletí de la Institució Catalana d'Historia Natural 1 (6): 44-45, 1901. [download pdf icon]

Vives i Noguera E.:
Atlas fotográfico de los cerambícidos ibero-baleares.
Argania Editio, Barcelona [ISBN: 84-931847-0-5], 287pp, 2001.

Vives i Noguera E.:
Révision du genre Vesperus Dejean 1821 (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 40 (3-4): 437-457, 2005. [download pdf icon]

FamiliaVesperidae Mulsant, 1839
SubfamiliaVesperinae Mulsant, 1839
TribusVesperini Mulsant, 1839
GenusVesperus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesVesperus conicicollis Fairmaire & Coquerel, 1866
SpeciesVesperus conicicollis hispalensis Fuente, 1901