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Insects 2013, 4(3), 493-505; doi:10.3390/insects4030493

Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in the Forest State of Artikutza (Navarra: Spain): Diversity and Community Structure

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Received: 14 August 2013 / Revised: 31 August 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 18 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Insect Conservation and Diversity)
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Microgastrinae is one of the largest subfamilies of the Braconidae with about 2,000 described species worldwide. These wasps are of enormous ecological interest due to their role in controlling the caterpillar populations. This study analyses diversity and community structure within the Microgastrinae in the Artikutza Forest, located in the Peñas de Aia Natural Park, western Pyrenees, Spain. The specimens were collected in two different habitats: mixed forest and beech forest. A total of 524 specimens, belonging to nine separate genera and 27 species were captured. Alpha, beta and gamma diversity were analyzed. Additionally, the relationship between Microgastrinae phenology and climatic conditions were studied.
Keywords: Braconidae; Microgastrinae; diversity; community; western Pyrenees; Spain Braconidae; Microgastrinae; diversity; community; western Pyrenees; Spain
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Pérez-Rodríguez, J.; Oltra-Moscardó, T.; Peris-Felipo, F.J.; Jiménez-Peydró, R. Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in the Forest State of Artikutza (Navarra: Spain): Diversity and Community Structure. Insects 2013, 4, 493-505.

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