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Pershore, United Kingdom

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Pershore, United Kingdom
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Unique findings of carabid and staphylinid Coleoptera cohabiting with root mealybugs Rhizoecus cacticans (Marshall, 1946) colonising potted plants in the open in Worcestershire, England, demonstrate opportunism and synanthropy in scarce, localised or ecologically specialised species. Some of these species may be overlooked due to their ability to form small or isolated breeding populations.


During 2009, the ant Lasius japonicus Santschi, 1941, was found living free for the first time in Britain at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. It is unclear whether L. japonicus survives in Gloucestershire or whether it was eliminated by competition with, or hybridisation with, nearby populations of Lasius Niger (Linnaeus, 1758).


Corbett S.J.,21 Fyfield Way | Whitehead P.F.,Moor Leys
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2017

Background information is provided for a unique Devonshire specimen of the carabid beetle Pterostichus cristatus (Dufour, 1820). It is reasoned that the species is a temporal relict in the Dartmoor area and a rationale for its post-last glacial colonisation of Britain is outlined.


Whitehead P.F.,Moor Leys
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2017

British populations of the Rose Chafer Cetonia aurata (Linnaeus, 1761) breeding in ocean-fringing maritime turf have an extended history and high conservation status. The historical ecology, ecology and myrmecophily of such populations on Anglesey and the Isles of Scilly is discussed. The British status of Cetonia nigra Gautier des Cotes, 1863 is clarified.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Callimorpha dominula (Linnaeus, 1758) is presently expanding and consolidating its range in and around the fringes of English towns over a wide area. In a suburban garden in Malvern an association widi cultivated native hygrophilous foodplants was confirmed early on in this process. More recently, larvae have been recorded exploiting a wider range of foodplants including cultivated peonies, which are not native to Britain; therefore the range of acceptable foodplants is likely to extend further. Based on evidence from the conurbations of Bath, Malvern, Evesham and Winchcombe, the years 2005 and 2006 appear to mark the commencement of significant synanthropy in English C. dominula.


Further evidence is provided for the association in Britain of aphids of the genus Stomaphis with ancient trees in pre-enclosed landscapes in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. The ant Lasius brunneus (Latreille) manages populations of oviparous females in an optimal state by a process of 'coralling' which evidently limits their dispersion.

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