Ropalopus (Ropalopus) nadari (Pic, 1894)

Kadyrov, Abdysalom Kh., Karpinski, Lech, Szczepanski, Wojciech T., Taszakowski, Artur & Walczak, Marcin, 2016, New data on distribution, biology, and ecology of longhorn beetles from the area of west Tajikistan (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), ZooKeys 606, pp. 41-64 : 46-47

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Ropalopus (Ropalopus) nadari (Pic, 1894)


Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Cerambycidae

Ropalopus (Ropalopus) nadari (Pic, 1894)   Figs 1H, 4C

Material examined.

Region of Republican Subordination, Takob [ Taкoб], an alpine meadow, on Malus sieversii   (38°49'N, 68°56'E), 1850 m, 9 VII 2014, 1♀, leg. WTS.

This species occurs in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan ( Danilevsky 2016) and is endemic to the region of western Tian Shan Range ( Kadyrov 2007). Ropalopus nadari   is a polyphagous species, which usually inhabits growing wild fruit trees in the upper zone of deciduous forests (Fig. 4D). This species most frequently inhabits trunks and boughs of the wild apple tree Malus sieversii   . Its larval development usually takes two years ( Plavilstshikov 1940, Kadyrov 2007). Adults are found from June to July. After they emerge, the imagines are unwilling to fly and generally stay on the host plant and only visit flowers of Ferula   spp. and Prangos   spp. occasionally ( Kadyrov 2007).

Only a single female was observed despite a 24-hour monitoring of the trees on the plot. This may either be related to the end of the period of the occurrence of the species or its hidden life in the treetops.