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Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Posted by
daniela scharnowski (Berlin, Germany) on 28 June 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Agapanthia villosoviridescens, also known as the golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle [ in german known as Scheckhorn-Distelbock, Nesselbock oder Linienhalsiger Halmbock], is a species of beetle in the Lamiinae subfamily, that can be found in the Caucasus, Europe, Kazakhstan, the Near East, Russia and Turkey.

The beetle is named for its golden-black colour, with a golden bloom on its elytron and thorax. It reaches a length of 10–22 millimetres (0.39–0.87 in).

Their flight time is from May to August. For the larval development the species is quite polyphagous with a wide variety of hosts, probaly including Aconitum, Angelica, Anthriscus, Artemisia, Aster, Carduus, Cirsium, Chaerophyllum, Eupatorium, Foeniculum, Gentiana, Helleborus, Heracleum, Peucedanum, Salvia, Senecio, Urtica and Veratrum album. The larvae develop in the stalks of the host plant, working their way down while growing, cutting off the stalk and creating pupal cells near ground level. Adults emerge through a newly cut exit hole in the side of the stalk. wiki

I´ve never seen this species before, so much fun to watch him.

PENTAX K-x 1/40 second F/9.0 ISO 400 105 mm

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1/40 second
ISO 400
105 mm