Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 241–247 | Cite as

Occurrence of the marbled rose-chafer (Protaetia lugubris Herbst, Coleoptera, Cetoniidae) in rural avenues in northern poland

  • Andrzej OleksaEmail author
  • Werner Ulrich
  • Robert Gawroński


The occurrence of Protaetia lugubris, an endangered species developing in hollow trees, was studied in a network of rural avenues in northern Poland. We detected 1002 trees from nine species with hollows suitable for beetle development (25% of all trees inspected). Among them, 74 trees (7.4%) from seven species were occupied by P. lugubris. The distribution of P. lugubris was random with respect to tree species identity. The beetle preferred trees above 200 cm in circumference with a tendency towards higher occupancies of the bigger trees having circumferences above 300 cm. P. lugubris did not show any significant preferences according to hollow entrance area, exposition and road surface type. Our results indicate that P. lugubris is a generalist species colonizing all suitable hollows. Its occurrence indicates suitable conditions for many other species associated with tree cavities and decaying wood.


Quercus robur Rural avenues Saproxylic beetles Tilia cordata Tree hollows 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Oleksa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Werner Ulrich
    • 2
  • Robert Gawroński
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Institute of Biology and Environmental ProtectionKazimierz Wielki UniversityBydgoszczPoland
  2. 2.Department of Animal EcologyNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  3. 3.Robert GawrońskiMałdytyPoland

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