Environmental Entomology (1988) 17, 259-265
Thomas H. Atkinson, John L. Foltz and Michael D. Connor (1988)
Flight patterns of phloem- and wood-boring Coleoptera (Scolytidae, Platypodidae, Curculionidae, Buprestidae, Cerambycidae) in a North Florida slash pine plantation
Environmental Entomology 17 (2), 259-265
Abstract: Sticky traps adjacent to severed and tipped slash pines and window traps with ethanol as attractant and collecting fluid (randomly located in the stand) were used to monitor flight patterns; of Scolytidae, Platypodidae, Curculionidae, Buprestidae, and Cerambycidae in a slash pine plantation in North Florida. Forty-nine species were trapped, of which 35 breed in pines and 14 in hosts in the understory and nearby cypress domes. Sticky and window traps differed greatly with respect to species trapped, relative abundance of species, and seasonal trends in numbers of species, specimens, and diversity. Sticky traps caught a greater proportion of the pine-breeding species in the area. Window trap catches were dominated by ambrosia beetles, apparently attracted to ethanol, and included most of the species associated with the understory and cypress domes. Scolytidae and Platypodidae, present throughout the year, may breed continuously under local conditions. Larger species of Curculionidae, Buprestidae, and Cerambycidae showed distinct peaks and were absent during much of the year. Most pine-breeding scolytids showed peaks in the fall, spring, or both, with lows during the hottest and coldest months. There was a general correlation between breeding habits and height of window traps in which insects were captured.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
population dynamics/ epidemiology