Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806


Database of the Italian Chrysididae

Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806

Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806
Chorology: Holarctic
Chorology: Holarctic
Italian distribution of Cleptes pallipes
Italian distribution

Systematic position of Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806

Subfamily & Tribe Cleptinae Size (mm)
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Genus & species Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806
Species group semiauratus
Original combination Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806
Type series Lectotypus ♀ des. by Morgan (1984) (Mus.: Paris)
Original description C. abdomine segmentis tribus, capite aureo. Antennes ferrugineuses de leur bas à leur milieu, noires dans l'autre moitié. Tête dorée (1). Corcelet doré en dessus, d'un verd bleuâtre en dessous et sous l'écusson. Les deux premiers segmens de l'abdomen ferrugineux; le troisième ferrugineux dans sa moitié antérieure, noir postérieurement. Pieds entièrement d'un ferrugineux pâle. Ailes un peu enfumées.
L'insecte décrit étoit une femelle. Je ne connois pas le mâle. Des environs de Paris.
(1) Dans les porte-tuyaux, toutes les couleur sont dorées; celle que nos appellons spécialemente dorée est d'un cuivreux brillant.
Synonyms and subspecies Cleptes Diana Mocsáry, 1889: 46 1♂, Holotypus ♂; Greece (Budapest).
Cleptes semiauratus var. pallipes: Housiaux, 1922: 25 (frequent in Belgium).
Cleptes semiaurata var. pallipes: Berland & Bernard, 1938: 23 (in key).
Cleptes pallipes: sensu Linsenmaier, 1959: 10 (as synonym of C. semiauratus Linnaeus).
Cleptes pallipes: Morgan, 1984: 10 (desig. of Lectotypus, and C. pallipes (p. 7) as syn. of C. semiauratus).
Cleptes splendens: sensu Linsenmaier, 1997: 43, (44: colour illustration of C. semiauratus) = really C. pallipes).
Systematic notes From: Móczár, 2001: Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier was synonymised by Dahlbom (1854) with C. semiauratus like the most authors. Buysson (1892) reinstated from synonymy the species as a valid species. Móczár (1949 Figs 20-21) supported the validity on the basis of the male genitalia. Since that time the authors, excepting a few, follow C. pallipes as a valid species. The reason of the misunderstanding of the synonymy of C. pallipes was the want of the detailed description of the female of C. semiauratus. Some authors designate the type species of C. pallipes (Paris) as the lectotype of C. semiauratus, but not from the original C. semiauratus material depopsited in London (Linnaean Society Collection, Burlington House). Day (1979) labelled and designated the first C. semiauratus specimen as lectotype: Sphex semiaurata male, bearing the label "33", among the identified specimens by Richards in the Linnaean collection (London.). Kimsey published (1981) as holotype ♀ of Sphex semiaurata Linnaeus being in the Linnaean Society Collection, Burlington House, London, in spite of the fact that Kimsey delineated (1990) C. pallipes in Figs 11 and 12f, and not C. semiauratus.

Geographic distribution of Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806

World distribution

Type locality France (Paris)
Kimsey & Bohart Palaearctic: SE Europe (France), S-SW URSS
Linsenmaier as semiauratus
Other Authors Hungary, Austria, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Luxenbourg, Belgium, Nederland, Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Sumatra, U.S.A. (NY), Canada (ON) (Móczár, 1997)
Chorology Holarctic
Distribution notes  

Geographic distribution of Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806

Italian distribution according to the Checklist of the species of the Italian Fauna

Macroregion North (N): South (S): Sicily (Si): Sardinia (Sa):

Italian distribution by Administrative Region (Personal evidences, Literature records and other sources)

Adm. Region Literature records FEI records Personal records
Piemonte|Piedmont Móczár, 2001; Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Valle d Aosta|Aosta V. Rosa, 2002c; Rosa, 2005a;
Lombardia|Lombardy Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Trentino Alto Adige Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Veneto Strumia, 2005;
Friuli V.G. Móczár, 2001;
Liguria Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Emilia Romagna Rosa, 2005b; Rosa, 2006b; Strumia, 2005;
Toscana|Tuscany Strumia, 2005;
Lazio Strumia, 2005;
Abruzzo Strumia, 2005;
Sardegna|Sardinia Buysson, 1891;
Distribution notes

Biology of Cleptes pallipes Lepeletier, 1806

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