Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) is an endangered and flagship saproxylic beetle. The males’ fight is common and widespread behavior in longhorn beetles, with numerous reports in the literature. In spite of its relevance, for Rosalia alpina there are only general mentions of this behavior and only sparse and uncontextualized photographic records. In this note we describe and discuss, by presenting photographic documentation, the observation of Rosalia alpina males fighting, trying to knock the opponent off the tree trunk.
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We would like to thank the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise for allowing us to publish the observations made within the protected area; Chiara D’Errico for her logistical support; Marco Colombo for his comments on the manuscript; Marco Molfini and Marco Alberto Bologna for their opinion on the behavior observed.
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. All applicable international, national, and institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted. No animals were handled or disturbed during this observation, which was performed near a path not subject to access restrictions in the protected area.
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Nicola, M.R.D., Poloni, R. First Documentation of Males’ Fights in Rosalia Longicorn Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). Entmol. Rev. 100, 993–999 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0013873820070040
- Rosalia alpina
- male fights