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H Van Gossum, R Stoks, and L De Bruyn (1999)

Small outdoor insectaries as a tool for lifetime studies on damselflies


Damselflies are suitable subjects for examination of a variety of biological questions, but most research has been carried out in the field. Several questions are hard to test because of the uncontrolled conditions inherent in field studies. This can be circumvented by studying populations in semi-natural outdoor insectaries. We assessed the suitability of such insectaries by comparing the survival and adult behaviour of Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden) in insectaries and in the field. Our results showed that damselflies behaved differently under experimental conditions. Nevertheless, outdoor insectaries can be regarded as a valuable tool to elucidate questions concerning life history traits since they offer the possibility to eleminate predation, emi- and immigration and hidden life.

odonata; damselflies; insectaries; experimental setup
5th Benelux Congress of Zoology, GHENT, BELGIUM, NOV 06-07, 1998
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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