Ropalopus (Ropalopus) mali Holzschuh, 1993

Ropalopus mali
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Ropalopus mali, interesting and rare Ropalopus species from Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) developing in wood of wild apple trees (Malus sieversii), has been described by Carolus Holzschuh in 1993 [❖].

Body length:9.3 - 18.1 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years [?]
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:wild apple tree (Malus sieversii)
Distribution:Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

The depicted mounted beetles were captured 32 km E Karakul (1373 m a.s.l., Karasu river, Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan) on June 6-7, 2018. Both specimens are males, which differ in colour scheme - a typical form has dark legs.

Collected by Andrey Shapovalov

Holzschuh C.:
Neue Bockkäfer aus Europa und Asien IV, 60 neue Bockkäfer aus Asien, vorwiegend aus China und Thailand (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Schriftenreihe der Forstlichen Bundesversuchanstalt (FBVA-Berichte), Wien 75: 1-63, 1993. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callidiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Subgenus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Species: Ropalopus (Ropalopus) mali Holzschuh, 1993