ssp. siculus (Stierlin, 1864)
Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE / Tribus: CALLIDIINI
[Photo © M.Hoskovec and Marcello Benelli]
Body length: 15 - 25 mm Life cycle: 2 - 3 years Adults in: April - July Host plant: maples (Acer spp.) Distribution: an endemic species to Sicily
The depicted mounted beetle was collected by Gianfranco Sama in Sicily. The living beetles were reared by our friend Marcello Benelli from trunk of damaged living maple (Acer sp.) found in Piano Zucchi (Madonie Mts., Sicily).
Sama G. and Schurmann P.:
Coleotteri Cerambicidi di Sicilia.
Animalia 7 (113): 189-230, 1980. [download ]
The taxonomic Gordian knot of the Ropalopus ungaricus/insubricus group was elegantly cut by our Polish friends (Lech KARPIŃSKI, Wojciech T. SZCZEPAŃSKI and Lech KRUSZELNICKI) in their latest brilliant publication:
Karpiński L., Szczepański W.T. & Kruszelnicki L.:
Revision of the Ropalopus ungaricus/insubricus group (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Callidiini) from the western Palaearctic region.
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society XX: 1–41, 2020.
[Photo © Marcello Benelli]
Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Callidiini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Subgenus: Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839
Species: Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ungaricus (Herbst, 1784)
Subpecies: Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ungaricus siculus (Stierlin, 1864)