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Calomera littoralis winkleri Mandl 1934

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Calomera littoralis winkleri Mandl 1934

Dipkarpaz (Ριζοκάρπασο), İSKELE (Τρίκωμο) ● Cyprus

Description: The body length is 10-17 mm. Their bodies are flat, dark with a slight copper sheen on the upper surface and with a diffuse blue-green shimmer on the underside. The head of the beetle is angular. The forehead and the sides of the head have grooves and there is long hair on the cheeks. Calomera littoralis have very prominent eyes which give a very large field of vision.
The thread-like antennae comprise 11 segments, 6 of which have a velvet-like surface.
The abdomen consists of 6 segments, the first few of which are conjoined. They have grainy elytra with white patches. The legs vary in colour and are long limbed which enables these insects to advance rapidly.

Biology: It is a a predatory species, feeding on little arthropods.
The fertilized females lay their eggs in sand. When the larvae hatch, they dig a burrow, which is connected to the surface of the sand by a steep upward path. The larvae also feed on insects (on the sand’s surface) and they draw back into their dens when the temperature drops.
These diurnal beetles are very shy and only appear after prolonged periods of sunshine.

Habitat: Open habitants with sparse or no vegetation, in proximity to salty or fresh water; sea shores, on rocks and sand.

Distribution: Calomera littoralis is present in Mediterranean countries, Balkans up to Austria, Near East and Central Asia up to China (Gansu, Tianjin). The subspecies C. l. winkleri is the only sp. present on Cyprus.

References:
Insectoid.info
Carabidae of the World
Fauna Europaea




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