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Seasonal distribution and diel flight activity of dung-attracted histerids in open and wooded pastures in East-central Texas.
By Summerlin et al. 1993. Southwestern Entomologist 18(4): 251-261.
Southwestern Entomologist, 1993
Cite: 724817
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Abstract:

The seasonal distribution and diel flight activity of dung-attracted Histeridae were determined in an open and wooded habitat of a cattle pasture in east-central Texas. Automated underground pitfall traps in the two habitats baìted with swine feces from March 1979 to November 1980 captured 9,558 histerids representing 12 genera and 21 species. The majority of specimens of 17 species were captured in the open-pasture habitat where 77.2% and 79.5% of the total number of beetles were captured in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Flight activity for most species began in March or April each year and ceased in October or November. All species exhibited diurnal flight behavior.

Summerlin, J.W., G.T. Fincher, J.S. Hunter III, & K.R. Beerwinkle. 1993. Seasonal distribution and diel flight activity of dung-attracted histerids in open and wooded pastures in East-central Texas. Southwestern Entomologist 18(4): 251-261.

Species Total

Acritus acaroides 5
Euspilotus assimilis 2
Euspilotus placidus 1657
Euspilotus vescus 1
Geomysaprinus posthumus 19
Hister abbreviatus 1
Hister coenosus 1047
Hister incertus 1426
Hololepta vicina 1
Onthophilus nodatus 127
Onthophilus kirni 1
Peranus bìmaculatus 4
Phelister haemorrhous 1
Phelister panamensis 57
Phelister rouzeti 1
Phelister vernus 1
Saprinus pennsylvanicus 1741
Spilodiscus biplagìatus 1
Xerosaprinus orbiculalus 2926
Xerosaprínus sp. 1
Xestìpyge conjunctum 88

Total 9558