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

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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.; Svensson, Glenn P.; Hedenström, Erik; Finch, Paul; Gange, Alan C.

I: Insect Conservation and Diversity, Vol. 10, Nr. 4, 07.2017, s. 283-293.

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Harvey, Deborah J. ; Harvey, Hannah ; Larsson, Mattias C. ; Svensson, Glenn P. ; Hedenström, Erik ; Finch, Paul ; Gange, Alan C. / Making the invisible visible : Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones. I: Insect Conservation and Diversity. 2017 ; Vol. 10, Nr. 4. s. 283-293.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Making the invisible visible

T2 - Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones

AU - Harvey, Deborah J.

AU - Harvey, Hannah

AU - Larsson, Mattias C.

AU - Svensson, Glenn P.

AU - Hedenström, Erik

AU - Finch, Paul

AU - Gange, Alan C.

PY - 2017/7

Y1 - 2017/7

N2 - 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).

AB - 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).

KW - Aerial traps

KW - Elater ferrugineus

KW - National distribution

KW - Pheromone

KW - Saproxylic

KW - Veteran trees

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85017335374&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/icad.12227

DO - 10.1111/icad.12227

M3 - Article

VL - 10

SP - 283

EP - 293

JO - Insect Conservation and Diversity

JF - Insect Conservation and Diversity

SN - 1752-4598

IS - 4

ER -