Agapanthia villosoviridescens

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Agapanthia villosoviridescens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Lamiinae
Genus: Agapanthia
Species: A. villosoviridescens
Binomial name
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
(De Geer, 1775)

Agapanthia villosoviridescens, also known as the golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle,[1] is a species of beetle in the Lamiinae subfamily, that can be found in the Caucasus, Europe, Kazakhstan, the Near East, Russia and Turkey.[2]

Description and habitat[edit]

A. villosoviridescens

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).[2]


Their flight time is from May to August.[2] For the larval development the species is quite polyphagous with a wide variety of hosts, probably including Aconitum, Angelica, Anthriscus, Artemisia, Aster, Carduus, Cirsium, Chaerophyllum, Eupatorium, Foeniculum, Gentiana, Helleborus, Heracleum, Peucedanum, Salvia, Senecio, Urtica and Veratrum album.[2][3] 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.