Cryptocephalus rugicollis Olivier, 1791 ♂♀ ♥
Common names: Cryptocéphale à corselet rugueux [Fr]
Lardos, RHODES ● Greece
Description: The male has black pronotum, legs and antennae, 3 spots on each elytron (typical form), and black edge on elytron. The female has only 2 spots on each elytron and is more elongate.
This species forms numerous colour variations.
Biology: It feeds on various genera of Asteraceae.
Distribution: South Europe, from Morocco and Portugal to Italy; Northern Africa; and also occurs in North Aegean Islands and West Turkey (new record), the most Eastest point of known range. Note the interesting interruption of its distribution.
Ramel A. Les Insectes
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Sassi, D., Kismali Ş, 2000. The Cryptocephalinae of Turkey, with informations on their distribution and ecology (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Memorie della Società Entomologica Italiana, 78 (1): 71-129.