Lagria hirta

Lagria hirta

''Lagria hirta'' is a species of beetles in the family Tenebrionidae.
Lagria hirta - Larva Quick & dirty collage I just created for a discussion on ID-ing characters for both our Lagria species (hirta and atripes). Going by the key in Klausnitzer (1996) and comparing to the excellent photos by Artem Zaitsev, I'm confident that this should be Lagria hirta, but it should be noted that I have not found any images for the larva of L. atripes for comparison.
The total habitus with the long hairs, short closely spaced urogomphi and especially the relatively long antennae (for a larva) with very long 2nd segment and reduced third segment make this a Lagriinae, with only two species in Central Europe. 

Klausnitzer separates the two based on the urogomphi as follows:

Lagria hirta: Urogomphi sharply pointed and spread wider apart toward the tips (seen from above)
Lagria atripes: Urogomphi dull and sub-parallel (seen from above)

Even on the drawings provided (only for hirta) in the very same key, I cannot see the urogomphi as "spreading apart toward the tip" - that is, if I go by the centre line. Of course, with the urogomphi being pointed they will naturally be closer together at the base, so maybe that is what Klausnitzer is trying to convey(?)
Additionally, I have not been able to find a single image of a Lagria larva where the urogomphi (if visible at all) are _not_ sharply pointed, so I have no reference to compare the supposed "blunt" shape of Lagria atripes to.
We will need to find more of these larvae and get adults of them in order to (hopefully) document an atripes larva as well one day...

Bernhard Klausnitzer (1996) Die Larven der Käfer Mitteleuropas, Band 3, Polyphaga Teil 2
Photo by Artem Zaitsev:
Discussion on wrn: Coleoptera,Lagria,Lagria hirta,Lagriidae,Lagriinae,Larva,Larvae ID help,Tenebrionidae


''Lagria hirta'' can reach a length of 7–8 millimetres . These beetles have a soft body and a head and thorax brown or black. The relatively elongated elytra are yellowish-brown and covered by dense fine light hairs. The rest of the body is also hairy, but they are less clearly visible. Antennae, underside of body and legs are black. The eyes are remarkably large and round.

The elytra of the females are more extended backward than in the males and the female's abdomen looks from above wider than in the males. The male, in addition to its slimmer body, is distinguished from the females by their larger eyes and by the length of the last segment of the antennae, which is nearly twice the corresponding segment in the female.

The fully formed beetles can be seen from late May to late July. The adult beetles feed on nectar and pollen. Females lay the eggs in the soil where they hatch after about eight days. The larvae live in the the humus where they feed on decaying vegetables. After having overwintered larvae pupate in early summer of the next year and a new generation of beetles will then developed.
Lagria hirta (Linnaeus, 1758) 8mm long, waiting for the sun to make the morning dew disappear (male) Coleoptera,France,Geotagged,Lagria hirta,Summer


This species is present in Europe, in North Africa , in Russia , in Israel, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
wollkäfer - lagria hirta  Geotagged,Germany,Lagria hirta,Summer


It can be found in open woods and grasslands, but also in the dry valleys and wet areas.


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SpeciesL. hirta