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Recent and new British records of the histerid beetle Margarinotus obscurus (Kugelann, 1792) are presented. Aspects of its synecology and historical ecology are discussed. © 2015, Pemberley Books Publishing. All rights reserved. Source

Examination of invertebrate fragments isolated from regurgitated pellets of a Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus Linnaeus) in south-western Cyprus during May 2013 has enabled them to be identified with a high degree of precision. The pellets did not contain any plant material. There was no evidence in the pellets that any plant material had been eaten. The study revealed a predilection for ants, confirming the key role of the Black Francolin in the maintenance of foods chains. Extensive managed systems in fragmented matrices confer numerous benefits on the biota and enhance the diversity of the entomofauna. Source

A significant invertebrate faunule associated with Canker Stain of 'London Plane' at San Rossore, Tuscany, Italy, is described. Many of the cucujoid Coleoptera can be regarded as vectors of the disease both directly and probably also indirecdy through their voided faeces. Source

A visit to the Outer Hebrides during June 2007 enabled observations on the Coleoptera of unique machair grassland systems to be documented, together with evidence of mass-mortality in full maritime exposure during an extreme climatic event. The ecology and history of the Outer Hebridean beetle fauna is discussed with reference to landscape features and vegetation development using specific examples. New distributional data increase the number of known beetle species in the Outer Hebrides by twelve and of Scotland by one. Taxonomic issues are discussed and some reference is made to other invertebrate groups. Source

The black chafer beetle Protaetia opaca is associated with traditional orchards on the Balearic island of Eivissa. Its larval synecology revolves not merely around the host-tree but around other invertebrates that share or invade the larval niche. They confer unexpected benefits in remarkable relationships that are sometimes facultative, commensal or symbiotic. Source

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