Eur. J. Entomol. 105 (5): 879-888, 2008 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2008.116

Effectiveness of two sampling methods used for collecting Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) in the Cabañeros National Park (Spain)

Marina MAZÓN, Santiago BORDERA
Instituto de Investigación de Biodiversidad CIBIO, Universidad de Alicante, Ap. Correos 99, 03080-Alicante, Spain;

When estimating the species richness of a taxonomic group in a specific area, the choice of the trapping method is extremely important. In this study the effectiveness of Malaise and Moericke yellow pan traps for collecting flying Ichneumonidae was compared. Samples were collected in 5 habitats in the Cabañeros National Park: pastureland, shrubland and three types of woodland. Two traps of each type were placed in each habitat, and samples collected over a period of one year, replacing the pots every 20 days. The study focused on eleven subfamilies of Ichneumonidae. The results showed that the composition of the Ichneumonidae in the catches of the two traps differed. Malaise traps were more effective in collecting Ichneumonidae in all habitats, but especially in the ash woodland. Moericke traps yielded the most abundant catches in open areas with a wider field of vision. The subfamily Orthocentrinae occurred more frequently in the Moericke yellow traps. The Ichneumonidae caught by both trapping methods differed, especially in the relative abundance of the most common species. When compiling an inventory of species it is extremely important to use a combination of both trapping methods.

Keywords: Ichneumonidae, Malaise trap, Moericke yellow trap, richness estimators, overlap indices, habitat structure, Cabañeros National Park

Received: April 19, 2008; Accepted: September 15, 2008; Published: December 30, 2008

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