The island of Cyprus is situated in the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and it is known for high level of endemism of its fauna and flora. For this reason, it became a goal of our four-member trip. We chose the period of turn of March and April for our visit of Cyprus. The temperatures reach to comfortable 25 °C at this time of the year and we had a prospect of catching adults of several early species and collecting wood with younger developmental stages of many summer species. The spectrum of cerambycids of Cyprus is not as rich as in nearby Turkey, both in the number of species and the total amount of specimen. Therefore, I recommend a visit of this island only to more advanced entomologists. Despite that, Cyprus is worth visiting anyhow.
Several photos of the Cedar valley, which is the only site of occurrence of endemic species of cedar - Cedrus brevifolia. These impressive trees with spreading treetops also serve as a host plants of two endemic taxons - Axinopalpis barbarae Sama, 1993 ssp. barbarae Sama, 1993 and Glaphyra bassettii Sama, 1992.
The island of Cyprus is an interesting site, not only for entomologists, but also for the herpetologist. Colourful lizards cross the road or pathway every few minutes, having bigger piece the luck you can see Agama stellio - (top right), or a common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - (bottom left).
Three photos from the Troodos mountains, covered by pine forests (Pinus nigra), with undergrowth of oak Quercus alnifolia and rockrose Cistus creticus.
List of species of family Cerambycidae, recorded during our expedition Behind the name of a species is listed its host plant, species marked by "CY" are quoted as endemic for Cyprus in the literature. GRAMMOPTERA baudii Sama, 1985 ssp. baudii Sama, 1985 - CY - Pistacia terebinthus PEDOSTRANGALIA raggii Sama, 1992 - CY - Quercus alnifolia TRICHOFERUS antonioui Sama, 1994 - CY - Cistus creticus TRICHOFERUS georgioui Sama & Makris, 2001 - CY - Ceratonia siliqua TRICHOFERUS griseus (Fabricius, 1792) - Ficus carica TRICHOFERUS fasciculatus (Faldermann, 1837) ssp. fasciculatus (Faldermann, 1837) - Ceratonia siliqua STROMATIUM unicolor (Olivier, 1795) - Prunus dulcis ICOSIUM tomentosum Lucas, 1854 ssp. atticum Ganglbauer, 1881 - Cupressus sempervirens DEILUS fugax (Olivier, 1790) - Genista fasselata AXINOPALPIS barbarae Sama, 1993- ssp. barbarae Sama, 1993 - CY - Cedrus brevifolia ssp. consobrinus Sama, 1993 - CY - Prunus dulcis GLAPHYRA bassettii Sama, 1992 – CY - Cedrus brevifolia NATHRIUS brevipennis (Mulsant, 1839) - Ceratonia siliqua CERTALLUM ebulinum (Linnaeus, 1767) PURPURICENUS nicocles Schaufuss, 1871 - CY - Quercus alnifolia DELAGRANGEUS angustissimus Pic, 1892 ssp. troodi Sama, 1994 - Juniperus foetidissima CLYTUS rhamni Germar, 1817 ssp. rhamni Germar, 1817 CHLOROPHORUS varius (Müller, 1766) ssp. damascenus (Chevrolat, 1854) NIPHONA picticornis Mulsant, 1839 Ficus carica, Cistus cretica, Pistacia terebinthus HELLADIA millefolii (Adams, 1817) ssp. alziari Sama, 1992 HELLADIA humeralis (Waltl, 1828) PHYTOECIA virgula ( Charpentier, 1825 ) PHYTOECIA geniculata Mulsant, 1863 CALAMOBIUS filum (Rossi, 1790) AGAPANTHIA gemella Holzschuh, 1989 - CY - Astragalus lusitanicus AGAPANTHIA suturalis (Fabricius, 1787) AGAPANTHIA nicosiensis Pic, 1927 – CY - Echinops spinosissimus, Cynara cardunculus, Asphodelus aestivus
Axinopalpis barbarae Sama, 1993 Axinopalpis barbarae Sama, 1993 Glaphyra bassettii Sama, 1992 ssp. barbarae Sama, 1993 ssp. consobrinus Sama, 1993
Agapanthia nicosiensis Pic, 1927 Certallum ebulinum (Linnaeus, 1767) Penichroa fasciata (Stephens, 1831)
Delagrangeus angustissimus Pic, 1892 ssp. troodi Sama, 1994 Icosium tomentosum Lucas, 1854 ssp. atticum Ganglbauer, 1881
Trichoferus antonioui Sama, 1994 Trichoferus georgioui Sama & Makris, 2001
Trichoferus griseus (Fabricius, 1792) Trichoferus fasciculatus (Faldermann, 1837) Niphona picticornis Mulsant, 1839
Adult of Agapanthia gemella Holzschuh, 1989, still hidden Astragalus lusitanicus, the host plant of in its pupal cell in dead stem of Astragalus lusitanicus Agapanthia gemella Holzschuh, 1989
Agapanthia suturalis (Fabricius, 1787)
Pedostrangalia raggii Sama, 1992 Pedostrangalia raggii Sama, 1992 - newly hatched adult in its pupal cell - adult specimen
Purpuricenus nicocles Schaufuss, 1871photo: Richard Ambrus photo: Richard Ambrus
And finally, our favorite brand of local beer