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Greece - June 2014

Greece - June 2014

One more journey in the year 2014! The first target was the second biggest island of Greece, which is Euboea. We spent two days on this island before we drove to our second target, the Peloponnese. Of course, many species of Jewel Beetles could be found and some other worth seeing insects. Enjoy!

We started our trip in Athens. In the late afternoon we found a nice village in the north of Euboea and decided to sleep there.

Anthaxia thalassophila pseudokervillei

On the way there Anthaxia thalassophila ssp. pseudokervillei Niehuis, 1990 was documented.

Argynnis paphia

And the common Argynnis paphia (Linnaeus, 1758) flew around.

Anthaxia tenella

Anthaxia tenella Kiesenwetter, 1858 sat on a yellow flower. The hostplant of this Jewel Beetle is Abies sp.

The next day we collected in the northern part of Euboea. First stop was a forest mainly with Pinus sp. and Quercus sp.

Acmaeodera edmundi

Acmaeodera edmundi Obenberger, 1935 was a surprise.

Anthaxia suzannae

The colourful Anthaxia suzannae Théry, 1942 represents the name Jewel Beetle.

Short break to rest.

Hypericum sp.

The second day on Euboea at an altitude of 600 meters we found this nice place to collect. In the foreground flowering Hypericum sp. is shown.

Anthaxia vittula

Anthaxia vittula Kiesenwetter, 1857 swarmed around these flowers.

Zygaena ephialtes

An interesting butterfly: Zygaena ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1767).

Purpuricenus budensis

On Pistacia sp. the Longhorn Beetle Purpuricenus graecus Sláma, 1993 could be observed.

Chalcophorella stigmatica

And Chalcophorella stigmatica (Schönherr, 1817), another Jewel Beetle landed on the leaves.

Phlomis sp.

We left Euboea and drove into the direction of the Peloponnese. On the half of the distance a place with much Phlomis sp. was there. One piece of Trachys pumila (Illiger, 1803) could be found.

Acmaeoderella coarctata seminata

Not far away from the coast Acmaeoderella coarctata ssp. seminata (Abeille de Perrin, 1895) sat on a yellow flower.


Our first day on the Peloponnese!

Ephippiger sp.

Like an alien: Ephippiger sp. (Tettigoniidae).


Went up into the mountains of Achaia and it was raining…

But two hours later the sun came back slowly.

Meliboeus episcopalis

While the first sun rays fallen to the earth a shiny beetle came out of its hiding place.

Meliboeus episcopalis

Meliboeus episcopalis (Mannerheim, 1837) whose larva living in thistles.

Melanargia larissa

More and more butterflies came out. - Melanargia larissa Geyer, 1828.

Sphenoptera lapidaria

Sphenoptera lapidaria (Brullé, 1832). This Jewel Beetle runs on the ground!

The clouds disappear.

Anthaxia kiesenwetteri

Black is beautiful, it can be found in the nature, too. Anthaxia kiesenwetteri Marseul, 1865.

Without words!

Eryngium campestre

Eryngium campestre L. Probably the hostplant of Anthaxia bettagi Niehuis, 1983.

Pseudospinolia incrassata

Pseudospinolia cf. incrassata (Spinola, 1838) could be observed.

Scirpus holoschoenus

In springtime this place with Scirpus holoschoenus L. is under water.

Cyphosoma euphraticum

Cyphosoma euphraticum (Gory & Laporte, 1839) needs such places to survive.

Very hot and dry place!

Acmaeoderella jonica

Specimens of Acmaeoderella jonica (Obenberger, 1934) were collected with yellow traps.

Stilbum cyanurum

What a cuckoo wasp! Stilbum cyanurum (Forster, 1771).

Cutted wood like these Pinus sp. is very attractive for many species of Jewel Beetles.

Chalcophora detrita marani

One of the biggest Jewel Beetle in Europe is Chalcophora detrita ssp. marani Obenberger, 1935. They become longer than 3 centimeters.


Small gall on an oak leave (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) with an diameter of 3 mm! Inside of this gall there is a small larva of a wasp.

Charaxes jasius

Flew high around the trees: Charaxes jasius (Linnaeus, 1767).

An old oak (Quercus sp.). Into the sunlit dry branches, the larve of the following Jewel Beetle take its development.

Agrilus relegatus alexeevi

Agrilus relegatus ssp. alexeevi Bellamy, 1998.

Forest of the greek fir: Abies cephalonica Loudon.

Anthaxia passerinii

Anthaxia passerinii (Pecchioli, 1837) on flowers of Leucanthemum sp.

Anthaxia passerinii

Anthaxia passerinii (Pecchioli, 1837) zoomed in.

Salix amplexicaulis

Last station was the locus typicus of the Jewel Beetle Lamprodila decipiens ssp. achaica (Brandl, 1986). The larva living in Salix amplexicaulis Bory.

Lamprodila mirifica

Surprisingly one Lamprodila mirifica (Mulsant, 1855) could be observed on the willow. Probably it came from Ulmus sp. in the surroundings.

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