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1 April 2017 Cotton Flower-visiting Insects in Small-scale Farm Fields in Mwachisompola, Zambia
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Global declines in wild and managed pollinator species have increased the need to evaluate the current status of these populations and understand their needs for sustainability. Farming systems can be a useful place to examine the presence and activity of flower-visiting insects, because the blooming period of the crop provides a predictable floral resource which serves as an attractant to some species. The density and species richness of cotton flower-visiting insects were measured in five conservation and five conventional cotton fields in Mwachisompola, Zambia. Between the two farm types, density and species richness were not significantly different; however, only 33% of the total observed species were found within both farm systems. We found a significant negative relationship between species richness and field size regardless of farm type. Our results suggest that cotton fields attract both pollinator and predatory flower-visiting insects regardless of management, however more work is needed to better understand the effects of field size and surrounding natural areas.

© 2017 Kansas Entomological Society
Daphne M. Mayes and Holly Petrillo "Cotton Flower-visiting Insects in Small-scale Farm Fields in Mwachisompola, Zambia," Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 90(2), 122-130, (1 April 2017). https://doi.org/10.2317/JKES1703.1
Received: 2 February 2017; Accepted: 1 November 2017; Published: 1 April 2017
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