Ropalopus (Ropalopus) varini (Bedel, 1870)
[= Ropalopus spinicornis (Abeille de Perrin, 1869)]
[= Rhopalopus spinicornis (Abeille de Perrin, 1869)]

Ropalopus varini
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

Ropalopus varini (Bedel, 1870), decades known under name Ropalopus spinicornis (Abeille de Perrin, 1869), is a rare representative of European insect fauna. In Central Europe it primarily occurs in relict oak forests growing on extremely exposed slopes of river valleys. The species develops in many Quercus species. However, in Central Europe the most frequently recorded host is Quercus petraea. The biology of this species has been described in detail by Vlasak and Rejzek [❖] and some details from this paper are presented in the following page devoted to R. varini biology.

Ropalopus varini has been described briefly from France as Callidium (Semanotus) spinicorne by Elzéar Abeille De Perrin in 1869 [❖]. Due the preoccupation is valid name from late description, Callidium (Rhopalopus) Varini, by Louis Ernest Marie Bedel in 1870 [▽].

Body length:7 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Corylus, Castanea, Juglans, Malus, Prunus, Rosa etc.)
Distribution:Europe except North

The beetles in these picture were reared from larvae found in thin oak twigs collected in Croatia.

Collected by P.Jelínek

Vlasák J. and Rejzek M.:
Biology of Ropalopus spinicornis (Abeille de Perrin, 1869) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Mitteilungen des Internationalen Entomologischen Vereins 23 (1-2): 53-61, 1998. [download pdf icon]

Abeille De Perrin E.:
Petites nouvelles.
Petites Nouvelles Entomologiques, Paris 1 (11): 42, 1869. [download pdf icon]

Bedel L.E.M.:
Description de nouveaux Stenus et Callidium français.
L'Abeille, Paris 7 (1): 91-96, 1870. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [pages 128-130], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Vitali F., Reiners J. and Cungs J., 2021:
New faunistic data on the Cerambycidae of Luxembourg (Insecta, Coleoptera).
Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes luxembourgeois 123: 103-113, 2021. [download pdf icon]

Ropalopus varini
Ropalopus varini
Ropalopus varini
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesRopalopus (Ropalopus) varini (Bedel, 1870)