The authors equally contributed to this article.
Overlapping generations can balance the fluctuations in the activity patterns of an endangered ground beetle species: long-term monitoring of Carabus hungaricus in Hungary
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Royal Entomological Society
Insect Conservation and Diversity
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 290–299, May 2013
How to Cite
Bérces, S., Elek, Z. (2013), Overlapping generations can balance the fluctuations in the activity patterns of an endangered ground beetle species: long-term monitoring of Carabus hungaricus in Hungary. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6: 290–299. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00218.x
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUL 2012
- Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Bolyai Research. Grant Number: BO/00045/11/8
- Carabus hungaricus ;
- long-term monitoring;
- Natura 2000;
- sandy grasslands;
- time series
- Carabus hungaricus is a ground beetle inhabiting the Pannonian steppes. It is highly endangered by fragmentation and abandonment of its habitat.
- For five consecutive years, from 2006 to 2010, we used the mark–release-recapture technique in a grid of 270 live-capture pitfall traps to study its population ecology in sandy grasslands on Szentendrei Island in the Northern vicinity of Budapest, Hungary.
- In total, 3950 individuals of C. hungaricus (1874 females and 2076 males) were marked.
- Population size was estimated at∼2000 individuals per year; the estimates for females were consistently higher than those for males. The minimum population size was 1317 ± 60.1 individuals in 2007, whereas the maximum was 2169.7 ± 108.8 individuals in 2008.
- Adults older than a year formed∼32–42% of the population, whereas individuals surviving for 3 years formed∼10%, and those surviving for 4 years formed∼2% of the population. Individuals older than 4 years comprised <1% of the population. Female survival rate was higher than that of male, but the capture rate also differed between sexes.
- Although the studied population showed considerable fluctuations in the pattern of activity during the 5 years, its size seemed to be relatively stable, underlining the importance of overlapping generations.