Limited information is available on the impact of pasture management regimes on the local arthropod community. The objectives of this study were to identify the insect orders and families associated with managed smooth bromegrass pastures and determine the effect of three management strategies on the abundance and occurrence of 4 key beetle groups. Pitfall samples were collected weekly from June 2 until September 2during the summer of 2010. Sixty-one families of insects, representing nine orders, were collected in the traps. A predatory ground beetle in the genus Cyclotrachelus made up 71.5% of all target beetles collected. No significant differences were detected in beetle numbers among the management regimes. Results from this research suggest that any of the three management strategies evaluated could be implemented without negative impacts on the beneficial beetle groups studied
Doehling, Christina; Baxendale, Frederick; Heng-Moss, Tiffany; and Schacht, Walter
"Influence of Pasture Management Regimes on the Abundance of Four Target Beetle Groups,"
RURALS: Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences: Vol. 7
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/rurals/vol7/iss1/2