Appearance''Chlorophorus varius'' can reach a body length of 8–14 millimetres . The body of these beetles is elongated and rather variable in coloration and markings . It is covered by a yellow-greenish pubescence, more rarely gray or whitish. The male has longer antennae than the female. The pronotum is barred by a black band, sometimes limited to three black spots. The pronotum and elytra have the same width. Elytra are matt, with a C-shaped black marking and two other transversal wasp-like black bands. Legs and antennae are dark brown. Larvae reach a length of about 15 mm.
NamingSubspecies and varietas include:
⤷ ''Chlorophorus varius damascenus'' Chevrolat, 1854
⤷ ''Chlorophorus varius varius''
⤷ ''Chlorophorus varius varius'' var. ''incarnus'' Plavilstshikov
DistributionThis species is present in most of Europe , Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, North Iran and in the Near East .
BehaviorAdults can be found from May to September. They feed on pollen and nectar of various flowers, especially of Apiaceae. The life cycle lasts 2 - 3 years. Larvae are saproxylic, mainly developing in the wood and dead branches of deciduous trees and shrubs , sometimes of conifers. Pupation occurs in spring in the wood.
HabitatThese beetles mainly inhabit sunny meadows and woodland edges, at an elevation of 60–800 metres above sea level.
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