Insects in the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area: 1993 Survey
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v95, n3 (June, 1995), 226-232
The Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area was the focus of a seven month survey performed in 1993 to determine the diversity of selected insects. Primary emphasis was focused on three families of Coleoptera: ground beetles, including tiger beetles (Carabidae); sap beetles (Nitidulidae); and carrion beetles (Silphidae). Rare or endangered species within these families were of particular interest and constant vigilance was made to detect them. Five collection methods were used at five sites within the Killbuck Marsh. These included: ultraviolet (black light) traps, flight interception (window) traps, bait traps, carrion bait sampling, and aerial and aquatic sweep netting. In all, 68 ground beetle, 30 sap beetle, and seven carrion beetle species were identified. In addition to these families, beetles from 47 other families (372 species) of Coleoptera were collected and identified. Aside from Coleoptera, several dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), caddisflies (Trichoptera), butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), and mosquitoes and midges (Diptera) were also taken. Six ground beetle species considered uncommon were encountered: Agonum cupripenne (Say), Agonum galvestonicum Casey, Chlaenius niger Randall, Oo'des americanum Dejean, Blemus discus (F.), and Stenocrepis cuprea (Chaudoir). One hister beetle (Histeridae), Anapleus marginatus LeConte, was also very uncommon for this area.
Author Institution: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State University
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