The influence of environmental factors on the supranivean activity of flies (Diptera) in Central Poland

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2004
Authors:Soszynska, A.
Journal:European Journal of Entomology
Keywords:Climate-and-weather, Diptera-: Seasonal-activity, Humidity-, Lodz-Upland, Poland-, Snow-thickness-influence-on-supranivean-activity, Supranivean-activity-relationship, Survey-of-taxa-recorded-on-snow-and-environmental-infl; Diptera- : Insecta-, Temperature-, Winter-activity

More than half of the insects collected on snow in Central Poland were flies (Diptera). Altogether 83 species of Diptera from 27 families were identified, of which 9 families were recorded for the first time. Two thirds of the Diptera belonged to the Mycetophilidae and Trichoceridae, which were also very species-rich. Other families with many species were the Heleomyzidae, Sphaeroceridae and Phoridae. The peak activity was in the first part of December. Flies were most active on snow when the humidity ranged from 80 to 100%, temperatures between -1 to 5[degree]C and the snow was from 20 to 40 cm deep. The occurrence of Trichoceridae was strictly associated with high humidities, in contrast to Drosophilidae and Heleomyzidae, which were most active at lower humidities. The activity of the flies of the most frequently recorded families was displaced towards either lower (Heleomyzidae and Limoniidae) or higher temperatures (Trichoceridae, Mycetophilidae). In contrast to other families, the supranivean activity of Phoridae was strictly associated with thin snow cover.

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