Researches on Population Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 297–314 | Cite as

Studies on the population dynamics of a thistle-feeding lady beetle,Henosepilachna pustulosa (Kôno) in a cool temperature climax forest

I. The estimation of adult population parameters by the marking, release and recapture method
  • Koji Nakamura
  • Takayuki Ohgushi


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    A field study was carried out on the population dynamics of a thistle-feeding lady beetle,Henosepilachna pustulosa (Kôno) living in a cool temperature climax forest in northern Kyoto Prefecture, central Japan.

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    Intensive marking, release and recapture program was carried out to estimate the adult population parameters by usingJolly-Seber method.

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    Sampling ratio was around 50%. Marking ratio rapidly rised as the census progressed and approached to 100%.

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    Sex ratio (% ♀) was 63–69% in both overwintered and new adults.

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    Daily survival rate was as high as 0.95 or more and constant throughout the season. Adult longevity in the spring was longer than 40 days.

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    Reproductive rate i. e., the ratio of the number of newly emerged adults in a given generation to that of overwintered adults in the preceding generation, is very small, ranging 1–3, whereas winter survival is higher than 50%, consequently the size of populations in the study area remain in a remarkably constant size and it never reached a level where intraspesific competition occurred.

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    The population characteristics ofH. pustulosa are compared with those of the two closely related species,H. vigintioctopunctata andH. vigintioctomaculata, which are the pests ofSolanaceous crops.Hp is moreK-strategic than the two pest species.



Reproductive Rate Winter Survival Adult Beetle Adult Longevity Lady Beetle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koji Nakamura
    • 1
  • Takayuki Ohgushi
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecological Laboratory, Faculty of ScienceKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  2. 2.Entomological Laboratory, College of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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