Preliminary results of faunistic studies on the family Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) in Ankara Province

Eşer H. D., Kabalak M.

VI. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Ankara, Turkey, 10 - 12 July 2019, pp.63

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.63
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The family Coccinellidae is called as “ladybirds” or “ladybugs” and a member of the
superfamily Cucujoidea, which belongs to the series Cucujiformia within the suborder
Polyphaga of the beetles (Coleoptera). Their relatives within the Cucujoidea are the
Endomychidae and Corylophidae. There are almost 6,000 species of ladybirds in worlwide.
Main purpose of this study is determine Coccinellidae fauna of Ankara Province. In 2018,
this research has been started on the family Coccinellidae. In the scope of research, there
are two field study seasons (May to October 2018 and April to October 2019). In the scope
of research, field studies were carried out in 270 localities between May and October 2018
(33 days). 4050 specimens were collected. Most of collected samples (3348 specimens)
were examined. As a preliminary results, 10 species belonging to 10 genera and 3 subfamily
were determined. The remaining samples are still being examined. The most number of
specimens were collected from Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758 (1845
specimens) species and Hipodamia variegata Goeze, 1777 (800 specimens) species. In
2019, field studies will be carried out in 36 days and more specimens will be collected from
counties of Ankara in different time period from field study periods of 2018. Species
identifications of specimens is continuing. The distribution of the species according to the
altitude, months and counties are analyzed with MVSP 3.21 software using Baroni-Urbani &
Büser index of similarity. This study is part of the M.Sc. thesis titled as “Systematic
Researches on the Family Coccinellidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of Ankara Province” and
supported by Hacettepe University Scientific Research Project Coordination Unit with a
project (project number: FBA- 2018-16318).