Brachyta interrogationis russica (Herbst, 1784),

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: 69

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Brachyta interrogationis russica (Herbst, 1784)


Brachyta interrogationis russica (Herbst, 1784)  Fig. 2B

Material examined.

Bykovo [ Быково] env. (49°39'N, 84°33'E), 571 m a.s.l., 21 VI 2017, 1♀, leg. LK.


This is a typical Palaearctic species that is distributed from Spain to the Russian Far East, Korea and China. Brachyta interrogationis  is a very variable taxon with twelve described subspecies. Each local population is characterised by unique proportions of certain colour forms. The russica ssp. is known to occur in European Russia (except for the northern Urals), West Siberia (including Altai) and Kazakhstan, and it is the only subspecies that has been recorded from Kazakhstan ( Lazarev 2016, Danilevsky 2018a). In Siberia, the larvae of this species have usually been observed in the roots of living Paeonia  but also those of Euphorbia  and Radiola  , as well as Trollius  in laboratory conditions ( Danilevskaya et al. 2009). Pupation occurs in the soil. The adults can be found on the flowers of various plants from May to the turn of July and August. The species is most numerous in the foothill and mountain regions of the forest and forest-steppe zones ( Cherepanov 1990a).

Several individuals of this taxon were collected on Paeonia  in the area of Putinzevo and on Ranunculus  in the Sibinka River valley in June 2005 ( Danilevskaya et al. 2009), however no subspecies was specified.

A single female was collected on the stem of a herbaceous plant species at the edge of a mountain deciduous grove that consisted mainly of Populus  , Betula  and Salix  (Fig. 15C).