Cerocoma muehlfeldi Gyllenhal, 1817 ♀
Mount Spil (Sipylus), MANİSA ● Turkey
Description: As in other members of the family, Cerocoma insects are hypermetamorphic. The genus Cerocoma shows the most striking sexual dimorphism in the family in the feeding apparatus and the antennae. The antennae are 9-segmented, and the galea is modified into a sucking tube.
The wings are well-developed, and the legs are long and slender. All species in this genus have aposematic colouration.
The genus is mostly Mediterranean in distribution, and encompasses about 27 species.
Biology : Imagines feed on pollen and nectar of Asteraceae and Apiaceae plants.
Distribution: Hungary, the Balkan Peninsula, Asia Minor, Iraq, Iran, Transcaucasus, South Russia, Cyprus.
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