Agapanthia dahli calculensis Lazarev, 2013 *,

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: 82-83

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Agapanthia dahli calculensis Lazarev, 2013 *


Agapanthia dahli calculensis Lazarev, 2013 *  Fig. 5 A–C

Material examined.

Almaty Region: 5 km N of Karashota [ Каражота] (43°41'N, 78°09'E), 492 m a.s.l., 3 VI 2017, 1♀, leg. WTS; East Kazakhstan Region: 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, 3♂♂, leg. WTS; 1♀, leg. LK; 6♂♂, 5♀♀, leg. MW; 10 km S of Bayash Utepov [ Баяш Утепов] (49°35'N, 82°28'E), 508 m a.s.l., 25 VI 2017, 2♂♂, 1♀, leg. MW.


This is an extremely polymorphic and widespread species that is distributed from Central and Southern Europe through Asia Minor, the Caucasus and Central Asia to almost entire region of Siberia ( Danilevsky 2018a). Within its range, it is represented by many distinct local forms. To date, as many as 15 subspecies have been designated. Most of them were described or moved from the species level very recently ( Lazarev 2013a, c, Lazarev et al. 2016). Agapanthia dahli calculensis  is endemic to northeastern Kazakhstan ( Lazarev 2013a). According to this author, the subspecies primarily differs in the poorly developed setae tufts of its antennal joints, which are very long and dense in all of the other geographical forms as well as in the poorly pubescent elytra. Although Agapanthia dahli  is ecologically associated with various herbaceous plants species, the larvae prefer to feed in the inner tissues of stems of Cirsium  , Melilotus  , Cannabis  and Ferula  . On the other hand, the series of type specimens of A. d. calculensis  were collected on Malva  sp. and Dictamnus  sp. ( Lazarev 2013a). The life cycle of this species usually lasts one year but sometimes can be extended to two years ( Cherepanov 1991a).

Several specimens of this taxon were collected in the Putintsevo and the Sibinka River valley environs in June 2005 before A. d. calculensis  was described; hence, it was recorded as a nominotypical subspecies by Danilevskaya et al. (2009).

According to M. Danilevsky (2018, pers. comm.), the single female (Fig. 5C) that was collected on Carduus  sp. in the area of Karashota may represent a new subspecies. However, more specimens, including males, need to be gathered to support this hypothesis.