Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri Fairmaire, 1866

Ropalopus ledereri
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Ropalopus ledereri
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Ropalopus ledereri is a beautiful and very rare species of the southeastern Mediterranean region. It is a typical inhabitant of quickly receding Quercus calliprinos forest-steppe formations. 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:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Turkey, Syria

The living beetle was reared from a larva collected in a dying oak twig near Erdemli (SW Turkey) by M.Rejzek. The mounted beetle was beaten from a living oak (Quercus) in Karadut (Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adiyaman prov., Anatolia, SE Turkey) by M.Hoskovec.

Ropalopus ledereri
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callidiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Subgenus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Species: Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri Fairmaire, 1866