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1 July 2015 Does the Silvopastoral System Alter Hymenopteran Fauna (Insecta: Hymenoptera) in Brachiaria decumbens Monocultures?
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether environmental changes promoted by the conversion from a Brachiaria decumbens monoculture to a silvopastoral system can be measured by the diversity, richness, abundance, and constancy of insects of the order Hymenoptera. A Malaise trap for collecting insects was installed in a B. decumbens area managed as a silvopastoral system, and another was installed in a monoculture system. Hymenoptera richness and abundance were determined based on the number of morphospecies and specimens, respectively. The diversity and constancy indices were calculated using the Shannon-Wiener and Bodenheimer methodologies. Fifteen families of Hymenoptera were collected, seven of which were unique to the monoculture system. The samples from the silvopastoral system were significantly more abundant (3,889) and rich (305) compared with those from the monoculture system, which were much less abundant (1,473) and rich (173). Similar trends were noted for the families Formicidae, Ichneumonidae, and Braconidae. Additionally, these families and Sphecidae showed significantly greater diversity in the silvopastoral system. Formicidae and Braconidae were constant in both systems, while Ichneumonidae was constant only in the silvopastoral system. The families Vespidae, Pompilidae, and Apidae were more diverse; Chalcididae, Pompilidae, Sphecidae, Halictidae, Evaniidae, and Gasteruptiidae were more abundant; and Vespidae had more richness in the monoculture system. The conversion from the monoculture system to the silvopastoral system can be measured by the occurrence of Hymenoptera, especially the families Formicidae, Ichneumonidae, and Braconidae, which can be used as potential bioindicators.

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A. M. Auad, A. L. F. Braga, M. G. Fonseca, T. T. Resende, A. M. O. Toledo, T. S. Lucindo, and E. F. Vilela "Does the Silvopastoral System Alter Hymenopteran Fauna (Insecta: Hymenoptera) in Brachiaria decumbens Monocultures?," Annals of the Entomological Society of America 108(4), 468-473, (1 July 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/sav035
Received: 8 October 2014; Accepted: 24 March 2015; Published: 1 July 2015