Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri Fairmaire, 1866

Ropalopus ledereri

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Ropalopus ledereri, a beautiful and very rare species of the southeastern Mediterranean region, has beed described from Asia Minor by Léon Marc Herminie Fairmaire in 1866 [▽]. R. ledereri, together with its sister species Ropalopus wittmeri Demelt, 1970, is a typical inhabitant of quickly receding Quercus coccifera forest-steppe formations. Larval biology is similar to Ropalopus varini. R. ledereri larvae develop in twigs and thin branches of oaks, reported was also from Crataegus, Prunus and Carpinus [✮]. Adult beetles can be found sitting on leaves of the hosts or occasionally they gather on juice-oozing oak trees. They never visit flowers.

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:predominantly in oaks (Quercus spp.), also in Crataegus, Prunus and Carpinus
Distribution:Israel, Jordan, Turkey

The depicted beetle was beaten from a living oak (Quercus) in Karadut village environs (Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adiyaman province, Anatolia, SE Turkey).

Collected by Michal Hoskovec

Fairmaire L.M.H.:
Notice sur les Coléoptères récoltés par M. J. Lédérer sur le Bosz-Dagh (Asie Mineure).
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris (4) 6: 249-280, 1866. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H.:
Taxonomic status of Ropalopus ledereri (Fairmaire) and Ropalopus wittmeri Demelt with new host plants and records from Turkey (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 18 (1): 625-628, 2023. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Su alcuni nuovi o interessanti Cerambicidi del medio Oriente (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 13 (supplemento): 91-105, 2000. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesRopalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri Fairmaire, 1866