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Greece - June 2015

Greece - June 2015

We have not let ourselves be swayed in spite of the financial crisis and made a trip to Greece again. Our target this time was Thrace near to the turkish border in the north-eastern part of the country. In contrast to the Peloponnese or Crete we did not met so much tourists and found some very lonesome places and beautiful natural landscapes.

Thessaloniki airport

Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. 20 °C, 30 mm/h - unfavorable weather for humans and beetles.

We left Halkidiki. Our first stop on the road into direction of Kavala was next to a simple field and the weather becomes much better. 

Malva sp.

Malva sp. with mines of Trachys ahenatus Musant & Rey, 1863.

Trachys ahenatus

Trachys ahenatus Mulsant & Rey, 1863 on the leaves of its hostplant.

Prunus spinosa

We arrived to the great Nestos river. Some sun-exposed bushes of Prunus spinosa L. were interesting. 

Agrilus macroderus

Agrilus macroderus Abeille de Perrin, 1897 flied around.

Nestos river

In the near of the Nestos river we spent the night and had a nice sunset.


We wake up next morning and the day started with rain again. Some Cetoniidae wait for the sun.

Chalcophorella stigmatica

Hours later the rain stopped and we found an orchard. Chalcophorella stigmatica (Schönherr, 1817) sat on Pyrus amygdaliformis Vill.

Prunus persica

Prunus persica L. is one of the hostplants for the following common species of Jewel Beetles.

Capnodis tenebrionis

Numerous Capnodis tenebrionis (Linnaeus, 1761) sat on these trees. 

Rumex sp.

We arrived to the town Alexandroupolis near the turkish border. A meadow with Rumex sp. was our first collecting place at this day.

Capnodis tenebricosa

A common Jewel Beetle can be found on or next to this plants. Capnodis tenebricosa (Olivier, 1790).

The mountainous region in the north of Alexandroupolis with beautiful oak forests.

Acmaeodera degener ssp. quattordecimpunctata

A typical species of the Jewel Beetles for this landscape is Acmaeodera degener ssp. quattordecimpunctata (Villers, 1789).

Rhus coriaria

Rhus coriaria L. grew on stony ground. 

Capnodis porosa

Capnodis porosa (Klug, 1829) could be found on the branches and sometimes on the leaves.

Yellow flowers are always attractive for a lot of species of Jewel Beetles.

Anthaxia diadema

One of them is Anthaxia diadema (Fischer von Waldheim, 1824).

Meliboeus fulgidicollis

Another species living in oaks is Meliboeus fulgidicollis (Lucas, 1846).

Loranthus europaeus

Loranthus europaeus Jacq. is hostplant exclusively for Agrilus kubani Bílý, 1991. Only the typical holes in dead branches could be found. 

Acmaeodera brevipes

Acmaeodera brevipes Kiesenwetter, 1858 can be found often on pink flowers like Convolvulus sp. or Malva sp.

Anthaxia hungarica

Anthaxia hungarica (Scopoli, 1772) is a very common Jewel Beetle. Hostplants are different kind of oaks. Adults visiting white and yellow flowers.

Prunus dulcis

Unspectacular Prunus dulcis L. near the road. Sometimes such places are very interesting.

Agrilus roscidus

Agrilus roscidus Kiesenwetter, 1857 could be found on the leaves.

Pinus halepensis

Pinus halepensis Mill.

Colourful flowers grew in the near including white Umbelliferae.

Anthaxia mundula

Anthaxia mundula Kiesenwetter, 1857 was typical for this place.

Acmaeoderella mimonti

Acmaeoderella mimonti (Boieldieu, 1865).


We arrived to the town Soufli. - The most eastern place on this journey.

Convolvulus arvensis

The sun-exposed Convolvulus arvensis L. is hostplant for a small Jewel Beetle.

Its presence can be recognize by its mines with the typical black eggs.

Trachys puncticollis ssp. rectilineatus

Trachys puncticollis ssp. rectilineatus on its hostplant.

We discovered the surroundings of the town Soufli near the turkish border and found this nice meadow with a lot of different kind of flowers.

Dianthus sp.

Dianthus sp.

Sphenoptera laportei

Sphenoptera laportei Saunders, 1871 often hiding if somebody come.

Sphenoptera laportei

Sphenoptera laportei Saunders, 1871 sat on Dianthus sp.

Xerothermic grassland in the Dadia forest.

Carex cf. flacca

Carex cf. flacca Schreb.- hostplant of the following species.

Aphanisticus pusillus

Aphanisticus pusillus (Olivier, 1790) make mines within the leaves.

Centaurea diffusa

Centaurea diffusa (Lam.) could be found at dry and stony places.

Sphenoptera jugoslavica

It is the hostplant of Sphenoptera jugoslavica Obenberger, 1926 which sat on the plant or runs on the ground next to it.

Pyrus communis

Pyrus communis L. can be seen next to the roads.

Big holes in the trunks are a sign for...

Chalcophorella fabricii

...big beetles - Chalcophorella fabricii (Rossi, 1792).

Chalcophorella fabricii

I've been watching you!

Juglans regia

Back again at Nestos river we spent some time near the river. With much luck fresh branches of Juglans regia L. could be found.

Chrysobothris leonhardi

Rare species like Chrysobothris leonhardi Obenberger, 1916 flied around these twigs.

Limenitis cf. reducta

Last stop before we went back home. Limenitis cf. reducta (Staudinger, 1901) said goodbye to us.

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