obsoleta darkling beetles should occur most often in heterogeneous landscapes (particularly those that possess discrete patches of vegetation [approximately]0.
Although we cannot be completely certain that unmeasured aspects of landscape structure had an effect on beetle movements, darkling beetles exhibited patterns of landscape use that did not correspond exactly to landscape habitat patterns, and landscape use also varied with habitat patch size.
Individual movements and estimation of population size in darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
Microhabitat use and community structure of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in shortgrass prairie: effects of season, shrub cover and soil type.
Scale-dependent habitat selection by the darkling beetle Eleodes hispilabris (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
The large numbers of captures in traps under shrubs and, to a lesser extent, in cactus indicates that darkling beetles respond to vegetation structure on a microhabitat scale.
The availability of subterranean refuges and oviposition sites, and the abundance of annual forbs, midgrasses and plant litter on coarsely textured soils thus may explain the greater diversity and abundance of darkling beetles on mixed-shrub and yucca sites.
Most investigations of the habitat associations of darkling beetles have focused on differences in abundance among broad classes of vegetation, and there is little consensus on the relationship between vegetation structure and diversity and beetle communities (Crawford, 1991).
Factors influencing microhabitat partitioning in arid-land darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae): temperature and water conservation.
Effect of habitat and perturbations on populations and community structure of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) on mixed-grass rangeland.
A pitfall trapping survey of darkling beetles in desert steppe vegetation.
Seasonal and yearly patterns in the densities of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in a montane community.