Observations of the ladybird Platynaspis luteorubra (Goez) on motorway verges along the ring-road of Brussels, with comments on its habitat and host preference (Coleoptera Coccinellidae Chilocorinae)

W Dekoninck, K Desender, P Grootaert, Jean-Pierre Maelfait, R Baert, D De Bakker, Tim Adriaens

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    Abstract

    The ladybird Platynaspis luteorubra (GOEZE) was found at three locations on the motorway verges (9 sits) along the ring-road of Brussels. In Diegem-Zaventem, Groot-Bijgaarden and Machelen adults were collected with white pitfall traps. P. luteorubra preferred short grassland vegetation mowed twice a year and its occurrence and abundance correlated significantly with the presece and nest-density of the and Lasius niger whitch is known as one of its preferred hosts. This myrmecophilic ladybird, classified as a rare coccinellid in Belgium, is probably more common than assumed until now and should be searched for in similar habitats along other motorways.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBulletin S.R.B.E/K.B.V.E.
    Volume140
    Pages (from-to)123-125
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Thematic list

    • Nature management
    • Insects
    • Grasslands

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B003-ecology
    • B280-animal-ecology
    • B005-zoology

    Taxonomic list

    • ladybirds (Coccinellidae)
    • insects (Insecta)
    • beetles (Coleoptera)
    • ants (Formicidae)

    Policy

    • species directed nature management
    • wegbermen
    • bermbeheer
    • myrmycofilie

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