Species of ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in organic apple orchards of British Columbia

R. F. Smith, J. E. Cossentine, S. M. Rigby, C. S. Sheffield

Abstract


In a two year study, 14 genera of Carabidae (Agonum Bonelli, Amara Bonelli, Anisodactylus Dejean, Bembidion Latreille, Carabus Linné, Harpalus Latreille, Lebia Latreille, Loricera Latreille, Poecilus Bonelli, Pterostichus Bonelli, Scaphinotus Dejean, Stenolophus Stephens, Syntomus Hope and Trechus Clairville) represented by 44 species were identified from six commercial organic apple orchards in the southern Similkameen valley in British Columbia, Canada; 13 of these species were not native to the area. The 4,299 specimens were caught in 'ramp' pitfall traps, with the genera Pterostichus and Harpalus comprising 56% and 43%, respectively. Numbers of Carabidae ranged from 11-21 species per orchard, with their presence detected throughout the collection period.

Keywords


Carabidae; diversity; abundance; organic orchards; British Columbia

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