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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)

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  • W Dekoninck
  • K Desender
  • P Grootaert
  • Jean-Pierre Maelfait
  • R Baert
  • D De Bakker

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin S.R.B.E/K.B.V.E.
Volume140
Pages (from-to)123-125
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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.
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