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    Author(s): R. Chris Stanton; David J. Horn; Foster F. Purrington; John W. Peacock; Eric H. Metzler
    Date: 2003
    Source: In: Sutherland, Elaine K.; Hutchinson, Todd F., eds. Characteristics of mixed oak forest ecosystems in southern Ohio prior to the reintroduction of fire. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-299. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 123-138
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Arthropod populations were sampled in four study areas in southern Ohio in 1995 to document patterns of arthropod diversity and establish a baseline dataset for long-term monitoring in mixed-oak forests. Pitfall, Malaise, and blacklight traps were operated in 12 treatment units from May through September. Several insect groups were selected for detailed study due to their abundance and potential to reflect community dynamics. These taxa include ground beetles (Family: Carabidae), scarab beetles (Family: Scarabaeidae), long-horned beetles (Family: Cerambycidae), carrion beetles (Family:Silphidae), syrphid flies (Family: Syrphidae), ants (Family:Formicidae), vespid wasps (Family: Vespidae), and nocturnal moths (Order: Lepidoptera). From these 8 groups, a total of 706 species were identified, but only 15 species were relatively abundant and evenly distributed across all treatment units. In addition to these common species, several rare species were collected. This work has added to a growing database documenting forest arthropod diversity in southern Ohio.

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    Stanton, R. Chris; Horn, David J.; Purrington, Foster F.; Peacock, John W.; Metzler, Eric H. 2003. Monitoring selected arthropods. In: Sutherland, Elaine K.; Hutchinson, Todd F., eds. Characteristics of mixed oak forest ecosystems in southern Ohio prior to the reintroduction of fire. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-299. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 123-138

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