Journal of Insect Conservation

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List of Papers (Total 72)

Land management impacts on European butterflies of conservation concern: a review

Recent land use changes, namely the intensification of agriculture and forestry as well as the abandonment of traditional grassland management methods, have resulted in the decline of butterfly diversity in Europe. Appropriate management of butterfly habitats is thus required in order to reverse this negative trend. The aim of our study was to review the available literary ...

Grass-skipper (Hesperiinae) trends in midwestern USA grasslands during 1988–2013

We surveyed butterflies in prairies, pine-oak barrens, and degraded grasslands during 1988–2013 in southern Wisconsin, USA. In prairie preserves (primarily managed with frequent fire), both specialist and non-specialist “grassland” grass-skippers declined strongly. Specialists inhabiting the native herbaceous flora of pine-oak barrens that had little management but relatively ...

Marking by elytral clip changes stridulatory characteristics and reduces reproduction in the American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus

Some insects produce and use sound during multiple behaviors including many aspects of reproduction. Variation in call structure depends on the evolved morphological structures used to produce the sound and encode function. Beetles in the genus Nicrophorus produce stridulation by rubbing plectra, located on the ventral side of the elytra, against a pars stridens, located on the ...

Ant community structure and response to disturbances on coastal dunes of Gulf of Mexico

Coastal dunes are complex and fragile ecosystems. The decrease in environmental stressors from sea to inland creates zonation patterns of habitats, which support high biodiversity. Although coastal dunes have been examined in primary succession studies for more than 100 years, invertebrates have received much less attention than other taxa. In this study, we examined ant community ...

Sex pheromones as a tool to overcome the Wallacean shortfall in conservation biology: a case of Elater ferrugineus Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera: Elateridae)

The “Wallacean shortfall”—lack of distributional information—is one of the main problems when trying to assess the threats to and planning conservation strategies for many invertebrate species. Based on published and unpublished records since 1840, as well as on our own field survey, we attempted to estimate if and to what extent the use of pheromone traps increased the ...

Bumblebees in the city: abundance, species richness and diversity in two urban habitats

Bumblebees are well known for their contribution to the ecosystem service of pollination. In urban areas, green space management beneficial to pollinators can be an important step in sustaining large urban bee populations. The abundance, number of species and diversity of bumblebees (Bombus spp), as well as the abundance of honeybees (Apis mellifera), were studied in 13 urban ...