Effects of a Human Habitation on Local Insect Populations
Ensroth, Kenneth A.
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The study was undertaken to investigate the effects of one man living in an area on local insect abundance. Two nearly identical plots were chosen; one to encompass the living area, the other to serve as a control. Insect population sizes in the plots were measured, using a variety of techniques, over a 12 week period during the summer of 1975. Collembolans, grasshoppers (Cyrtacanthacridinae), teydnid bugs, froghoppers (Cercopidae), fealliphorid and fsarcophagid flies, and honey bees (Apis mellifera Linnaeus) were chosen as indicators. Differences in population measurements in the two plots v/ere attributed to the effects of human habitation.