larva of Gastrolepta anthracina is endoparasitoid of Lagria hirta
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Lagria hirta
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Lagria hirta can reach a length of 7–8 millimetres (0.28–0.31 in). These beetles have a soft body and a head and thorax brown or black. The relatively elongated elytra are yellowish-brown and covered by dense fine light hairs. The rest of the body is also hairy, but they are less clearly visible. Antennae, underside of body and legs are black. The eyes are remarkably large and round.
The elytra of the females are more extended backward than in the males and the female's abdomen looks from above wider than in the males. The male, in addition to its slimmer body, is distinguished from the females by their larger eyes and by the length of the last segment of the antennae, which is nearly twice the corresponding segment in the female.
The fully formed beetles can be seen from late May to late July. The adult beetles feed on nectar and pollen. Females lay the eggs in the soil where they hatch after about eight days. The larvae live in the humus where they feed on decaying vegetables. After having overwintered larvae pupate in early summer of the next year and a new generation of beetles will then developed.
This species is present in Europe, in North Africa (Algeria, Morocco), in Russia (Western and Eastern Siberia), in Israel, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
It can be found in open woods and grasslands, but also in dry valleys and wet areas.
- Cantharis spadicea Scopoli, 1763
- Chrysomela pubescens Linnaeus, 1767
- Lagria glabrata Fabricius, 1775
- Tenebrio villosus De Geer, 1775
- Cantharis flava Geoffroy, 1785
- Lagria lurida Krynicki, 1832
- Lagria nudipennis Mulsant, 1856
- Lagria depilis Mulsant, 1856
- Lagria caucasica Motschulsky, 1860
- Lagria fuscata Motschulsky, 1860
- Lagria pontica Motschulsky, 1860
- Lagria hirta limbata Desbrochers des Loges, 1881
- Lagria seminuda Reitter, 1889
- Fauna Europaea
- L. hirta on Zin.ru
- Aliquò, M., Rastelli, M., Rastelli, S., Soldati, F. "Coleotteri Tenebrionidi d'Italia - Darkling Beetles of Italy"
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