Dorcadion sokolowi Jakovlev, 1899,

Karpinski, Lech, Szczepanski, Wojciech T., lewa, Radoslaw, Walczak, Marcin, Hilszczanski, Jacek, Kruszelnicki, Lech, Los, Krzysztof, Jaworski, Tomasz, Marek Bidas, & Tarwacki, Grzegorz, 2018, New data on the distribution, biology and ecology of the longhorn beetles from the area of South and East Kazakhstan (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), ZooKeys 805, pp. 59-126: 91-92

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Dorcadion sokolowi Jakovlev, 1899


Dorcadion sokolowi Jakovlev, 1899  Fig. 8E, F

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Almaty Region: 7 km N of Sarymbel [ Сарымбель] (44°29'N, 80°04'E), 1725 m a.s.l., 11 V 2017, 13♂♂, 6♀♀, leg. RP; 2♂♂, 2♀♀, leg. JH; 4♂♂, 4♀♀, leg. KL.


Dorcadion sokolowi  is distributed in southeastern Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang province in China ( Danilevsky 2018a). In Kazakhstan, it mainly occurs in the southeastern piedmonts of Dzungarian Alatau in environs of the town of Zharkent. It is also known from one locality in the valleys of the Ili and Charyn Rivers. The species inhabits stony foothills with a low-herb grassy vegetation at altitudes of approx. 600-700 m a.s.l. The larvae feed on the roots of various grass species. The adults are active from the end of April to the second half of May ( Toropov and Milko 2013).

A rather unusual observation regarding the genus Dorcadion  of a few specimens of both genders that were gathering on a single female probably in an attempt to copulate (Fig. 13H) was made in the area of Sarymbel.