Can the vegetation structure and composition in urban green spaces determine diversity of green lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)?

  • Green spaces represent the only natural areas in several cities around the world, providing good shelters for the local fauna. Based on this premise, many ecological studies have been conducted focused on these areas. Most of these works are about insects, particularly butterflies and beetles. Our study is centered on a different group: green lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). These insects exhibit a similar feeding behavior to some other groups, such as beetles. We estimated diversity, richness, distribution, abundance and similarity employing two methods: sweep netting and suction trapping. Also, oviposition hosts were identified in 20 different green spaces. Approximately 740 specimens were collected representing 15 species in five genera. Seven species are new state records for Yucatán, Mexico. We identified about 300 species of plants, if which 75 are considered ovipositional associated hosts. Our work is the first of its kind, employing green lacewings in an urban ecological model and additionally providing new information about chrysopids in South Mexico. We encourage the conduct of similar studies not only in Mexico but also in other Central and South American countries. ZooBank registration.

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Author:Jose I. MartinezORCiD, Raiza J. CastilloORCiD, Adrian Ardila-CamachoORCiD, Charles V. CovellORCiD, Jose Isabel López-ArroyoORCiD, Francisco Javier Nava-Guízar
Parent Title (English):Insecta Mundi
Series (Serial Number):Insecta Mundi (1023)
Publisher:Flora & Fauna Publ.
Place of publication:Gainesville, Fla.
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2023/12/29
Date of first Publication:2023/12/29
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/12/30
Tag:chrysopids; distribution; ovipositional associated hosts; richness; urban ecology
Issue:article 1023
Article Number:1023
Page Number:24
First Page:1
Last Page:22
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0