• Lacewing Diversity and Abundance in Eskişehir Province, Northwest Turkey

    Savaş CANBULAT1, Ayhan GÜLER2, Tariq A. M. TYEB3

    1. Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kastamonu University, Kastamonu, Turkey.
    2. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Hakkari University, Hakkari, Turkey.
    3. Faculty of Science Education for Elementary Schools, Kastamonu University, 37100, Kastamonu, Turkey.

    Abstract: In this study, between August-October in 2010 and between April-June in 2011, a total number of 791 lacewing specimens (51% females and 49% males) were collected from 68 randomly located sampling 13 county and villages of Eskişehir province in Northwest Turkey. Samples were collected using three methods: beating the vegetation with a hand-net, using a Japanese umbrella, and light-trapping specimens at night. As a result of the identifications 37 species of 21 genera belonging to the 7 families of the order Neuroptera were determined. Ecologies and distributions of 37 species determined from the research area were given. In 37 species, 34 species are new records for the Eskişehir province fauna. The most abundant and most frequent species were Chrysoperla carnea and Myrmecaelurus trigrammus. Species living in the Eskişehir province were frequent as well: Chrysopa dorsalis, Hemerobius handschini and Palpares libelluloides. According to the phenelogical data of 37 species, Coniopteryx (Coniopteryx) pygmaea, Hemerobius lutescens and Hemerobius zernyi in May, Distoleon tetragrammicus, Hemerobius stigma and Wesmaelius (Kimminsia) ravus in June, Italochrysa italic, Nineta principiae, Neuroleon assimilis, Lertha schmidti and Nemoptera sinuate in July, Wesmaelius (Kimminsia) subnebulosus and Aleuropteryx loewii in August, Sympherobius (Niremberge) fuscescens have been found in September. However, Dichochrysa flavifrons and Dichochrysa zelleri have been determined seasonal flight activity from May to September. Abundance, dominance and frequency for each species are added.

    Keywords: Neuroptera, Turkey, Composition, seasonal flight activity; dominance, frequency

    Pages: 511 – 524 | Full PDF Paper