Document


Title

The influence of fire on lepidopteran abundance and community structure in forested habitats of eastern Texas
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): D. C. Rudolph ; C. A. Ely
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • coastal plain
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • hardwoods
  • insects
  • lepidoptera
  • loblolly pine
  • longleaf pine
  • overstory
  • pine forests
  • Pinus echinata
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus taeda
  • population density
  • shortleaf pine
  • Texas
  • understory vegetation
  • woody plants
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 52236
Tall Timbers Record Number: 29308
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Available
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Transect surveys were used to examine the influence of fire on lepidopteran communities (Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea) in forested habitats in eastern Texas. Lepidopteran abundance was greater in pine forests where prescribed fire maintained an open mid and understory compared to forests where fire had less impact on forest structure. Abundance of nectar sources paralleled this pattern of abundance. Taxonomic groups of Lepidoptera varied across forest types in patterns coincident with their dependence on nectar sources and tendency to fly in shaded habitats.

Citation:
Rudolph, D. C., and C. A. Ely. 2000. The influence of fire on lepidopteran abundance and community structure in forested habitats of eastern Texas. Texas Journal of Science, v. 52, no. 4, p. 127-138.