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1 October 2004 Differences in Locomotory Activity Between Male and Female Carabus hortensis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in a Pine Forest and a Beech Forest in Relation to Feeding State
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The locomotory activity of both hungry and satiated individuals of Carabus hortensis L. was studied both in pine and beech forest by tracking the beetles by using a portable harmonic radar system. The degree of locomotory activity as well as walking distances was recorded for both males and females. Hungry males and females show a similar degree of activity. When satiated, locomotory activity of females is significantly lower than that of males in both types of forest. These differences in locomotory activity are considered in the context of male-to-female ratios in pitfall catches. It is proposed to use the male-to-female ratio for C. hortensis, and possibly other species, as an indicator of food accessibility in forest habitat: the more males in pitfall catches in relation to females, the better the food situation in the forest.

Jan Szyszko, Siergiej Gryuntal, and Axel Schwerk "Differences in Locomotory Activity Between Male and Female Carabus hortensis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in a Pine Forest and a Beech Forest in Relation to Feeding State," Environmental Entomology 33(5), 1442-1446, (1 October 2004). https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X-33.5.1442
Received: 10 March 2004; Accepted: 1 July 2004; Published: 1 October 2004
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