Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003


Database of the Italian Chrysididae

Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003

Chorology: Italian-continental
Chorology: Italian-continental
Italian distribution of Hedychridium tyrrhenicum
Italian distribution

Systematic position of Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003

Subfamily & Tribe Chrysidinae (Elampini) Size (mm)
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Genus & species Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003
Species group monochroum
Original combination Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003
Type series  
Original description Color: pronotum bronze-red without black dot or central and transverse stripe (over 95% of individuals), head vertex, mesonotum and scutellum bronze-red to pink-red, central part of mesonotum often partially black, facial cavity green or golden green, rarely bronze-red, metanotum green-gold to bronze-red; mesopleuron from bronze-red to green-gold; femora and tibiae from bronze-red to bronze-green, tarsi brown. T-I color ranges from bronze-red to golden-green without trace of black stripe or dots near the posterior margin. T-II of the same color as T-I but with a large central black dot starting from the anterior margin but not reaching the posterior one. T-III variable in color from bronze-red to green with red or gold shining, sternum mostly metallic bronze to bronze-green (Fig. 1, 2). Antennae normal, not expanded; scape metallic bronze; pedicel and flagellum black; F-I 1/w = 3.0; length ratio F-I/P = 1.4; length ratio F-I/F-II = 1.5 to 1.7; flagellomere from F-IV on 1/w > 1.
Face oval in shape in frontal view, facial W/H = 1.45; punctures on frons and vertex reticulate PD = 0.4 MOD, TFC absent. Scapal basin with coarse punctures laterally (PD = 0.4 MOD), and a few coarse and transverse striae in the middle, Clypeus short, 0.9 MOD; malar space short (1.0 MOD) and strongly converging. Mandible dark, brown at center, with two additional teeth. IOA smaller than 90° (for 54 Corso-Sardinian individuals the average is IOA = 84.6°, SD = 1.7°, for the 11 Maltese islands specimens IOA = 85.7°, SD = 1.1°; for the 18 Sicilian specimens IOA = 87.3°, SD = 2.3°). IOD smaller than OOD, and vertex with the occipital angles rounded.
Pronotum slightly converging on anterior border; punctures on pronotum, mesonotum and scutellum reticulate to close (PD = 0.4 MOD), uniform; notauli parallel. Metanotum punctures reticulate, uniform PD = 0.5 MOD, metanotum as long as scutellum; mesopleuron rounded ventrally, with punctures simple, close to reticulate, uniform, PD = 0.3-0.4 MOD. Lateral propodeal angle acute and pointing outward. Pronotum to scutellum length ratio 1.1; head to pronotum width ratio 1.2; anterior femora simple, without ventral longitudinal carina.
Wings light brown, veins brown; tegulae metallic bronze; median vein M nearly straight; Rs =1.2 times stigma length; Cu not sclerotized; posterior wings with 5-6 hamuli. Abdomen markedly convex, short, 1/w = 1.05, without longitudinal or transverse carinae, punctures simple, uniform, close to reticulate, PD = 0.2-0.3 MOD, posterior margin of T-III round, smooth and canaliculated. The punctures on S-II are numerous, sparse and deep, PD = 0.2 MOD. Pubescence on all body white and short, less than 1 MOD in length. Sexual dimorphism absent, only the male posterior margin of T-III more round and S-IV less visible.
The male genital capsule is similar to that of monochroum, but the males from the Corso-Sardinian region have a different paramere internal margin as shown in Figure 3. The individuals from this region (including Asinara, Capraia, and Montecristo) appear to be a uniform group with facial cavity, mesopleuron and metanotum prevalently golden green to green.
Individuals from the Maltese islands are more or less entirely red-bronze in color, including the central part of mesonotum, that is, on the contrary, stained more or less black in the Corso-Sardinian individuals. Such differences are possible evidence of two distinct subspecies. The individuals from Sicily are unfortunately known only from a single locality near Selinunte and show a color range from pink-red, close to those from the Maltese islands, to more greenish where only the scutellum is bronze-red in color, the remainder being a mixture of bronze and green. In the same locality, the only known to me from Sicily, also 8 specimens of H. monochroum were found. Two additional individuals showed mixed characters and the presence of hybrids cannot be ruled out.
Synonyms and subspecies  
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Geographic distribution of Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003

World distribution

Type locality Italy and Malta.
Localities: 1) from Maltese islands, 11 specimens: 1 f St. Marija Bay, Comi-no, 13-VII-1976; 2 f St. Thomas Bay, Malta, 26-VII-1977; 1 m and 2 f Wied Mistra, 13-VIII-1997, Malta; 1 m Ghasti Wied Lunzjata, 20-VIII-1996, Malta; 4 f Marsalforn, 27/28-IX-1980, Gozo; 2) from Sardinia, 21 specimens: 5 f Elmas (Cagliari), 01/02- IX-1993; 2 m Quartu St. Elena (Cagliari), 01-IX-1993; 2m 1 f Geremeas (Cagliari), 01-IX-1993; 1 f Stintino (Sassari), 08-IX-1993; 1 f Berchidda, 490 m. a.s.l., (Sassari), summer 2000 and 16 f 04-VI/30-VIII-2002, Malaise trap (40° 47.49' N 9° 08.87' E); 1 f Luras, 450 m. a.s.l., (Sassari), Malaise trap (40°56.84' N 9°09.65' E), 17/31-VIII-2000; 3) from Asinara: 1 m 5 f, VIII-1903, legit S. Folchini; 2 m and 11 f Fornelli Malaise trap (40°59.48' N 8°l4.73' E) 11-VI/09-X-2002; 4) from Corsica, 29 specimens: 2 m 6 f, Moltifao near the bridge on the Asco river, Pan trap, 08/10-VII-1998; 1 m La Marana, Casone, Pan trap, 01/04-VII-1997; 1m Piana, River Tartagine, 09-VI-1997; Castirla, River Golo, Malaise trap (42°22.91' N 9°09.08' E), 1 m and 7 f 11-VI/16-VIII-1999; 5 f 24-VI/24-VII-2000, 2 f 05-VI/01-VIII-2002, 5 f Cuttoli, Malaise trap (41°57.85' N 8°50.83' E), 15-VII/15-VIII-2001; 5) from Montecristo, Malaise trap: 2 f 25-VII/25-VIII-1999, 1 f 30-VI/15-VII-2000, 1 f 1/15-VII-2001; 6) from Capraia, Malaise trap, 25 specimens: 1 f 30-VI/31-VII-2000; 1 f 03/15-VII-1999 (I Pollai: 43°02.17' N 9°50.02' E), 1 m and 8 f 06/22-VI-2002, 8 f 22-VI/08-VII-2002, 6 f 08/23-VII-2002 (San Rocco: 43°02.63' N 9°50.54r E); 7) from Sicily 18 specimens: 1 f Selinunte (Trapani), 12-VI-1983; 2 m and 15 f, Foce del Modione, Selinunte (Trapani), 10-VIII-1985; 8) from Ustica: 2 f, 17 and 18-VII-1984.
Kimsey & Bohart  
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Chorology Italian-continental
Distribution notes  

Geographic distribution of Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003

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
Valle d Aosta|Aosta V.
Trentino Alto Adige
Friuli V.G.
Emilia Romagna
Toscana|Tuscany Strumia, 2003; Strumia, 2005;
Sicilia|Sicily Strumia, 2003; Strumia, 2005;
Sardegna|Sardinia Strumia, 2003; Strumia, 2005;
Distribution notes known from island and continental Italy.

Biology of Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003

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Known Habitat

Plants for rest/refuge  
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Agnoli G.L. & Rosa P. (2020) Hedychridium tyrrhenicum Strumia, 2003, in: Chrysis.net website. Interim version 14 July 2020, URL: https://www.chrysis.net/database-of-the-italian-chrysididae/species/?rif=Hedychridium_tyrrhenicum.