oa African Zoology - Guild composition and seasonal distribution of insects on Protea magnifica and P. laurifolia (proteaceae)

Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Insects were collected over a period of 12 months from Protea magnifica and P. laurifolia by beating. Analysis of guild composition showed remarkable uniformity in proportion of species in different guilds on the two plants. Proportions of individuals in different guilds were not uniform, owing to a larger proportion of phytophages being collected on P. magnifica. A distinct seasonal distribution in insect numbers was observed in four out of six study sites, with peak numbers being collected in summer.

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