International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


International Journal of Entomology Research
International Journal of Entomology Research
Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2021)

A rapid assessment of insect communities in balsa plantations of east New Britain province, Papua New Guinea


Kari Iamba, Daniel Waldi, Ian Kumawayo1, Martin Elias

Insect communities were documented across six (6) commercial Balsa plantations in East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea. Gilalum recorded mostly Coleopterans (50%) while very few Hymenopterans (16.7%), Lepidopterans (16.7%), Orthopterans (16.7%) and Odonata (16.7%). Lepidopterans were common in Kaingaski (55.6%) when compared to other taxa. There were more lepidopterans (58.8%) in Klinwata plantation than other taxa while 23.5% consisted of Orthopterans. Laup plantation had 35.7% lepidopterans, 21.4% hymenopterans, 21.4% odonatans, 14.3% coleopterans and 7.1% orthopterans. Putput had a good representation of lepidopterans (56.2%) followed by coleopterans (28.1%) and orthopterans (9.4%). Putput plantation was the most diverse site having a total of 32 species which were uniformly distributed (H=2.66, E=0.77). Tanao had the second highest diversity with species richness of 19 which were evenly distributed within the site (H=2.37, E=0.81). Laup plantation had the third highest diversity of 14 species with uniform distribution (H=1.93, E=0.73). Klinwata followed with total of 17 species that were less uniform in their distribution within the plantation (H=1.72, E=0.61). Gilalum recorded 6 species that were not uniformly distributed within the plantation (H=0.93, E=0.52). Kaingaski plantation had the lowest diversity with 9 species that were poorly distributed within the study site (H=0.79, E=0.36). From the aforementioned results, we concluded that a plantation with vegetation heterogeneity, complex undergrowth, low anthropogenic disturbances, long-standing trees, strict conservation guidelines and effective monitoring is paramount to enhance species richness of insects
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How to cite this article:
Kari Iamba, Daniel Waldi, Ian Kumawayo1, Martin Elias. A rapid assessment of insect communities in balsa plantations of east New Britain province, Papua New Guinea. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 109-115
International Journal of Entomology Research