Mylabris quadripunctata Linnaeus, 1767
Common names: Mylabre à quatre points [Fr], Vierpunktiger Ölkäfer [De]
Çeşme, IZMIR ● Turkey
Description: 13-16 mm length. Elytra are red with four black spots and a black tip.
Biology : They fly from June to October. The larvae are developing in the soil,
parasiting eggs of orthoptera.
Cichorium intybus, Carduus spp., Cirsium sp., Centaurea iberica, C. solstitialis wuncea, Onopordum spp., Tragopogon sp., Taraxacum sp., Triticum vulgare, Medicago sativa and Onobrychis sativa are important host plants. It feeds on flowers of wheat, barley and rye as well as some grasses. Occasionally it is found feeding on soft grain, causing damage.
Habitat: sunny and flowering sites.
Distribution: Mediterranean. Common species throughout Turkey, from the coastal region up to 2500 m., particularly in eastern Anatolia the population is higher.
Hikmet Özbek H., Szaloki D., 1998. A contribution to the knowledge of the Meloidae (Coleoptera) fauna of Turkey along with new records, Turkish Journal of Zoology 22, 23-40
Bellmann H., 1999. Der Neue Kosmos Insektenführer, Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co, Stuttgart. ISBN 3-440-07682-2