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Biologia

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 371–377 | Cite as

Effect of vegetation cover on the abundance and diversity of ladybirds (Coccinellidae) assemblages in a peat bog

  • Gennadi G. SushkoEmail author
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Abstract

Predaceous ladybirds are important natural enemies of many insect pests in terrestrial ecosystems such as peatlands, which are habitats for specialized cold-adapted plants. Ladybird assemblages of pristine peat bogs have not yet been assessed. In total, 15 ladybird species were recorded in peat bog in Belarus by using entomological sweep net. The present study shows low diversity, evenness and species richness of ladybird assemblages. However, a small number of species were present in high numbers. These are Coccinella hieroglyphica, Chilocorus bipustulatus, Coccinulla qutuordecimpustulata and Hippodamia tredecimpunctata. Ladybird abundance was positively related to shrub cover and number of vascular plant species, and negatively related to herb cover. In terms of ladybird diversity, only shrub cover had a significant negative effect.

Keywords

Ladybirds Species assemblages Diversity Peat bog Belarus 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Danny Haelewaters (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA) for linguistic assistance and two anonymous referees for valuable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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© Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of biology, Department of Ecology and Environmental ProtectionVitebsk State University P. M. MasherovVitebskBelarus

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