Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background The carabid beetle species Pterostichus oblongopunctatus is common in different types of forests in Poland and Europe. With respect to this species, some unclarities exist concerning the morphological feature of punctures on the elytra. P. oblongopunctatus...

["Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4657
35 downloads
214 views

The fitness effects associated with Wolbachia infection have wide-ranging ecological and evolutionary consequences for host species. How these effects are modulated by the relative influence of host and Wolbachia genomes has been described as a balancing act of...

["Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4655
105 downloads
645 views

Jewel wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) are extremely species-rich today, but have a sparse fossil record from the Cretaceous, the period of their early diversification. Three genera and three species, Diversinitus attenboroughi gen. & sp. n., Burminata caputaeria...

["Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4633
63 downloads
331 views

The palm borer moth Paysandisia archon (Castniidae; giant butterfly-moths) has brown dorsal forewings and strikingly orange-coloured dorsal hindwings with white spots surrounded by black margins. Here, we have studied the structure and pigments of the wing scales...

["Biophysics","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4590
300 downloads
1,910 views

It is a common belief that feral honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera L.) were eradicated in Europe through the loss of habitats, domestication by man and spread of pathogens and parasites. Interestingly, no scientific data are available, neither about the past nor...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4602
104 downloads
1,204 views

Parasitoid wasps are a mega-diverse, ecologically dominant, but poorly studied component of global biodiversity. In order to maximise the efficiency and reduce the cost of their collection, the application of optimal sampling techniques is necessary. Two sites...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4642
82 downloads
376 views

The species of poorly known but charismatic genera Haematodes Laporte, 1835 and Weiserianum Bernhauer, 1927 are revised. Weiserianum syn. nov. is considered a junior synonym of Haematodes, with Haematodes kuntzeni (Scheerpeltz, 1936) comb. nov. Weiserianum woltersi...

["Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4582
131 downloads
472 views

While phylogeographic structure has been examined in many North American vertebrate species, insects have received much less attention despite their central ecological roles. The moth genus Malacosoma (Hübner, 1820), is an important group of forestry pests responsible...

["Biogeography","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4479
59 downloads
448 views

The escaping behavior of termites has been documented under laboratory conditions; however, no study has been conducted in a field setting due to the difficulty of observing natural behaviors inside wood or structures (e.g., nests, tunnels, etc.). The black-winged...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4513
133 downloads
2,409 views

We review the taxonomy and ecology of Chloropidae (Diptera) associated with pitcher plants (Sarraceniaceae) in North America. Tricimba wheeleri Mlynarek sp.n. is described from the pitchers of Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood and S. leucophylla Raf. in the southeastern...

["Ecology","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4491
135 downloads
510 views

Background Despite great progress in studies on Wolbachia infection in insects, the knowledge about its relations with beetle species, populations and individuals, and the effects of bacteria on these hosts, is still unsatisfactory. In this review we summarize...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4471
69 downloads
358 views

Studies of mating and reproductive behavior have contributed much to our understanding of various animals’ ecological success. The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is an important agricultural pest. However, knowledge of locust courtship and precopulatory...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4356
154 downloads
896 views

Insect diversity patterns of high mountain ecosystems remain poorly studied in the tropics. Sampling dung beetles of the subfamilies Aphodiinae, Scarabaeinae, and Geotrupinae was carried out at four volcanoes in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) in the Mexican...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4468
1,114 downloads
23,597 views

Most cropland in the United States is characterized by large monocultures, whose productivity is maintained through a strong reliance on costly tillage, external fertilizers, and pesticides (Schipanski et al., 2016). Despite this, farmers have developed a regenerative...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4428
73 downloads
347 views

Social insect foragers may specialize on certain resource types. Specialization on pollen or nectar among honeybee foragers is hypothesized to result from associations between reproductive physiology and sensory tuning that evolved in ancestral solitary bees (the...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4415

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