Ropalopus (Ropalopus) hanae Sama et Rejzek, 2002

Ropalopus hanae
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

The holotype of this species (Sama et 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 was collected in Buglan Gecidi pass (1640 m, 40 km NW Mus, East Turkey) on June 22.-23., 1999.

Collected by M.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]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callidiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Subgenus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Species: Ropalopus (Ropalopus) hanae Sama et Rejzek, 2002