Insect diversity and abundance during the crepuscular and nocturnal temporal periods in The Kota Gelanggi Limestone Complex, Pahang, Malaysia

Jin Sia Ting, Abd Rahman Nur Atiqah, Yong Foo Ng, Salmah Yaakop, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad

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The diversity and abundance patterns of nocturnal insect orders during the crepuscular and nocturnal periods, 6pm-9pm, 10pm-1am and 4am-7am at Kota Gelanggi limestone complexes were investigated. The insects were collected by using light traps over a period of six months from May to October 2014. A total of 35 732 individuals from 19 orders were captured. Coleoptera (n=14 103, 39.5%), Hymenoptera (n=10 030, 28.1%) and Diptera (n=4 821, 13.5%) were the most abundant orders. The results showed a bimodal pattern in the abundance of insects where more were caught during dusk followed by dawn and the lowest during the nocturnal period. However there was no significant difference (F= 0.71, df= 2, P> 0.05) in insect abundance between the three sessions. Studies on nocturnal insect activity patterns give us an understanding of the behaviour of the insects especially agricultural pest insects, and this information is necessary to develop effective pest control management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalSerangga
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • Activity patterns
  • Bimodal activity
  • Crepuscular insects
  • Karst landscape
  • Nocturnal insects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Insect diversity and abundance during the crepuscular and nocturnal temporal periods in The Kota Gelanggi Limestone Complex, Pahang, Malaysia. / Ting, Jin Sia; Nur Atiqah, Abd Rahman; Ng, Yong Foo; Yaakop, Salmah; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar.

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