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

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@article{96c035520b7046ca865f9d062162582c,
title = "Making the invisible visible: Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones",
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 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).",
keywords = "Aerial traps, Elater ferrugineus, National distribution, Pheromone, Saproxylic, Veteran trees",
author = "Harvey, {Deborah J.} and Hannah Harvey and Larsson, {Mattias C.} and Svensson, {Glenn P.} and Erik Hedenstr{\"o}m and Paul Finch and Gange, {Alan C.}",
year = "2017",
month = "7",
doi = "10.1111/icad.12227",
language = "English",
volume = "10",
pages = "283--293",
journal = "Insect Conservation and Diversity",
issn = "1752-4598",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "4",

}