Ropalopus (Ropalopus) hanae Sama & Rejzek, 2002

Ropalopus hanae
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

The holotype of this species (Sama & Rejzek ❖) was captured whilst sitting on a branch of a living shrubby Quercus species. However, as the other congeners of the species group ungaricus develop in various living Acer spp., we think it more likely that Acer might be the true host. A species of Acer does occur (although quite rarely) in the type locality. Only recently, our colleague Nicole Auvray, has collected 15 specimens of this remarkable beetle in an Acer-Quercus growth in Kastamonu (N Turkey).

Body length:20 - 24 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years [?]
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:unknown, but very likely an Acer sp.

The depicted beetle (holotype) was collected in Buglan Gecidi pass (1640 m, 40 km NW Mus, East Turkey) on June 22-23, 1999.

Collected by Martin Rejzek

Sama G. and Rejzek M.:
Two new Cerambycidae from Turkey and Iran.
Quaderno di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 16 suppl.: 105-110, 2002. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesRopalopus (Ropalopus) hanae Sama & Rejzek, 2002