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Fairy-ring longhorn beetle - Pseudovadonia livida
Fairy-ring longhorn beetle - Pseudovadonia livida

Fairy-ring longhorn beetle
The fairy-ring longhorn beetle (Pseudovadonia livida) of the order beetles (Coleoptera), suborder Polyphaga, infraorder Cucujiformia and superfamily Chrysomeloidea belongs to the family of longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae). Here (in the subfamily Lepturinae and tribe Lepturini) it belongs to the genus Pseudovadonia. Scientific synonyms for fairy-ring longhorn beetles include: Leptura livida , Vadonia livida , Anoplodera livida and Pseudalosterna livida.
The fairy-ring longhorn beetle has several sub-species such as Pseudovadonia livida livida or Pseudovadonia livida caucasica. This species is widespread and frequently encountered throughout Western Europe, Central Europe, Western Asia and Central Asia and often appears in large numbers in small areas. The development history of this species, which reproduces each year is not yet fully understood. Thread status: this species doesn’t seem to be endangered.
Adult Pseudovadonia livida can reach body lengths of 5 to 10 mm. The fairy-ring longhorn beetle is the smallest species within the genus Pseudovadonia. Their elongated bodies are black and yellowish-brown to reddish-brown in color. The underside of their body is covered in gray hairs. They have black heads and black antennae Their eyes have a clearly visible edge on the inside. The antennae are situated near the eyes. The thorax is almost spherical and has a rough scattering of spots. An important feature is the Scutellum which backwards is shaped like a double peak. The wing covers of younger insects are lighter in colour (brownish-yellow), and darken over the course of time (reddish brown). They have a scattering of spots similar to that of the thorax.
In Central Europe the fairy-ring longhorn beetle is found at all altitudes. These diurnal beetles appear from May to September. They are avid flower visitors and prefer meadows in the vicinity of (deciduous) forests. They feed on pollen and the nectar of various flowers, such as Umbelliferae (Apiaceae), yarrow (Achillea), Scabiosa and roses (Rosa). Mating usually takes place on the blossoms of the plants they like to eat. The female uses its ovipositor to lay eggs in dry soil or cracks in wood. The larvae freely live in soil with mycelium of the fungus Marasmius oreodes.

Pseudovadonia livida
Common namesFairy-ring longhorn beetle
German namesBleicher Blütenbock, Bleicher Halsbock, Kleiner Halsbock
Danish namesGul blomsterbuk
Swedish namesSidenblombock
AuthorJohann Christian Fabricius, 1776

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Far East (East Asia (China)), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Iran)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan))
Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Ecozones: Palaearctic

Distribution by Synonymus:
Pseudalosterna livida   Europe, Sicily, North Italy, South Italy
CountriesAlbania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesPseudovadonia livida in
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