Campsomeriella thoracica Fabricius, 1787 ♂
Dipkarpaz (Ριζοκάρπασο), İSKELE (Τρίκωμο) ● Cyprus
Description: Important sexual dimorphism.
The male is 12-17mm length. It is black with greyish hairs. It has orange on the pronotum medially and clypeus (except for a bell-shaped middle area). The legs have some creamy yellow markings. The wings are hyaline slightly fumigated at apex. The tegulae are golden, with dense black setulae at base.
The female is 16-22mm length. It is entirely black with orange hairs on the back part of the head, inner eye emargination, in mesopleura intermixed with black. The posterior fringes of abdominal tergites are black. The wings are orange at basal half, black apically. The eyes are golden yellow, narrow at base.
Biology: It feeds mainly on pollen and nectar. The larvae mostly feeds on beetle larvae. It breeds in the softer part of the trees.
Distribution: East Mediterranean species ; from Southern Italy to Near East and North Africa.
Dubaï Desert Conservation Reserve