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Making the invisible visible : Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones

Harvey, Deborah J.; Harvey, Hannah; Larsson, Mattias C. LU ; Svensson, Glenn P. LU ; Hedenström, Erik; Finch, Paul and Gange, Alan C. (2017) In Insect Conservation and Diversity
Abstract

To date, conservation-status saproxylic beetle species in the UK have been monitored by chance findings or by monitor-based observational studies. Here, using Elater ferrugineus as our target species, we present the first national distribution survey carried out in the UK or across mainland Europe on such a species using chemicals produced by the insect. Over 3 years, mark-release-recapture studies were performed across the UK, using 416 lured (pheromone) traps monitored by volunteer recorders; the first survey in Europe to do so. Traps were baited with 7-methyloctyl- (Z)-4-decenoate, a compound previously identified as a female sex pheromone. The results were used to plot a distribution map and investigate factors that may influence... (More)

To date, conservation-status saproxylic beetle species in the UK have been monitored by chance findings or by monitor-based observational studies. Here, using Elater ferrugineus as our target species, we present the first national distribution survey carried out in the UK or across mainland Europe on such a species using chemicals produced by the insect. Over 3 years, mark-release-recapture studies were performed across the UK, using 416 lured (pheromone) traps monitored by volunteer recorders; the first survey in Europe to do so. Traps were baited with 7-methyloctyl- (Z)-4-decenoate, a compound previously identified as a female sex pheromone. The results were used to plot a distribution map and investigate factors that may influence the distribution, including summer temperatures, possible habitat availability and larval food source. The survey revealed a south-eastern distribution of E. ferrugineus in the UK, which was suggested by previous casual studies. A correlative model was fitted to the data, indicating that 55% of the variation in the distribution of E. ferrugineus was explained by climatic variables (temperature and wind speed).

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Aerial traps, Elater ferrugineus, National distribution, Pheromone, Saproxylic, Veteran trees
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Insect Conservation and Diversity
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Wiley-Blackwell
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10.1111/icad.12227
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  author       = {Harvey, Deborah J. and Harvey, Hannah and Larsson, Mattias C. and Svensson, Glenn P. and Hedenström, Erik and Finch, Paul and Gange, Alan C.},
  issn         = {1752-458X},
  keyword      = {Aerial traps,Elater ferrugineus,National distribution,Pheromone,Saproxylic,Veteran trees},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Insect Conservation and Diversity},
  title        = {Making the invisible visible : Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/icad.12227},
  year         = {2017},
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