Agapanthia alternans alternans Fischer von Waldheim, 1842,

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: 82

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Agapanthia alternans alternans Fischer von Waldheim, 1842


Agapanthia alternans alternans Fischer von Waldheim, 1842  Fig. 5D, E

Material examined.

East Kazakhstan Region: 5 km SE of Kuygan [ Құйған] (48°38'N 83°32'E), 439 m a.s.l., 18 VI 2017, 1♂, 1♀, leg. MB; 1♂, leg. WTS; 7 km N of Samarskoje [ Самарское] (49°05'N, 83°20'E), 626 m a.s.l., 18 VI 2017, 3♂♂, 1♀, leg. WTS; 1♂, leg. LK; Putintsevo [ Путинцево] env. (49°52'N, 84°21'E), 472 m a.s.l., 22 VI 2017, 1♂, leg. WTS; 1♂, leg. MW; Bykovo [ Быково] env. (49°39'N, 84°33'E), 570 m a.s.l., 24 VI 2017, 2♂♂, leg. WTS; 1♂, 4♀♀, leg. LK; 2♂♂, 2♀♀, leg. MW.


This is a rather widespread species that is distributed from the central part of Kazakhstan to East Siberia. Five subspecies have been described, four of which are known to occur in Kazakhstan: A. a. alternans  Fischer von Waldheim, 1842, A. a. paralternans  (Danilevsky, 2017), A. a. songarica  Kostin, 1973 and A. a. tarbagataica  Kostin, 1978 ( Danilevsky 2018a). Its nominotypical form occupies the northern part of the species range from about NE Kazakhstan to Transbaikalia and Mongolia. The species is ecologically associated with Prangos  and Ferula  ( Danilevsky 2017).

Several specimens of this taxon were collected in the Putintsevo environs in June 2005 by Danilevskaya et al. (2009), however the subspecies was not specified.

The specimens were collected in rather different habitats, such as the roadside strip with herbaceous vegetation at the edge of a coniferous forest (Fig. 12H), in the entire area of Putintsevo and Bykovo. It was observed sympatrically with Agapanthia dahli calculensis  , similar to Danilevskaya et al. (2009); however, according to these authors, both of these species have different host plants.