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Qualitative and Quantitative Records of Insects Feeding on Hazel Leaves (Carylus avellana L.)

By B. AXELSSON, U. LOHM, T. PERSSON and 0. TENOW Institute of Zoology, University of Uppsala, P. 0. Box 561, S-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden.


AXELSSON, B., LOHM, U., PERSSON, T. & TENOW, 0. Qualitative and quantitative records of insects feeding on hazel leaves (Corglus avellana L.). - Ent. Tidskr. 94: 112-114, 1973.

The present inventory of leaf-eating insects on hazel at Andersby ängsbackar in central Sweden is a descriptive complement to a study into the energy flow through some insect po- pulations. The insects determined are distributed as follows: Homoptera Aphidina 1, Coleoptera 7 and Lepidoptera 20. However, the list is not complete and at least two undetermined species of Hymenoptera Symphyta could for example be added to the list. Some estimates of the popula- tion level in 1969 and 1971 are given together with some estimates of hazel parameters.


This inventory is based on observations made at an IBP/PT research site, Andersby ängsbackar, situated about 40 km north of Uppsala in central Sweden. It was made in connection with an investigation inta the energy flow through populations of Phyto- decta pallidus L. (Col. Chrysomelidae) and Operophthera brumata L. (Lep. Geometridae) feeding on hazel (Corglus avellana L.) leaves.

The intention here is to give the species tom- position of insects feeding on hazel leaves and to give some estimates of the abundance.

As the study was focused on the energy flow and not on a thorough inventory the present- ed list cannot be considered to be complete.

Tab. 1. Estimated number of insects feeding on hazel leaves at Andersby ängsbackar on June 23-24, 1969. Mean number per sq.m with standard error in brackets.

Species Sub-area:


P. pallidus 5.37 (1.13) 0.74 (0.60) 0 4.48 (1.05) 3.59 (0.72) P argentatus (imago) 0.62 (0.11) 0.13 (0.04) 0.05 (0.05) 0.53 (0.10) 0.43 (0.07) Cerostoma spp. 0.55 (0.35) 0.24 (0.03) 0.01 (0.009) 0.49 (0.28) 0.39 (0.28) C. hitbnerella and

C. phrganella 2.05 (0.49) 1.17 (0.18) 0.14 (0.05) 1.88 (0.40) 1.53 (0.32) Pandemis spp. 0.07 (0.03) 0.02 (0.02) 0.002 (0 002) 0.06 (0.02) 0.05 (0.02) Cacoecia spp. 0.08 (0.07) 0.12 (0.03) 0.02 (0.01) 0.09 (0.06) 0.07 (0.04) Epinotia spp. 0.15 (0.10) 0.07 (0.02) 0.005 (0.004) 0.13 (0.08) 0.11 (0.06) P. avellanella 0.15 (0.15) 0.28 (0.17) 0.02 (0.007) 0.18 (0.12) 0.14 (0 10) C. trapezina 0.22 (0.13) 0.08 (0.05) 0.006 (0.005) 0.19 (0.10) 0.16 (0.08) 0. brumata 0.05 (0.008) 0.05 (0.02) 0 0.05 (0.01) 0.04 (0.003)

Ent. Tidskr. 94 • 1973 • 1 -2


INSECTS FEEDING ON HAZEL LEAVES 1 13 Tab. 2. Estimated number of hazel slems, number of leaves, standing trop of leaves and leaf area index (LAI) at Andersby ängsbackar on June 23-24, 1969. Mean valne per sq.m with standard error in brackets.

Sub-area s tems/m2 leaves/m2 g dw/m2 LAI (m2/m2) .

II III I+II 1+11+111

0.49 ( 0.012) 0.30 ( 0.027) 0.05 (0.008) 0.45 ( 0.02) 0.38 ( 0.02) 618 (41) 562 (74) 74 (4.2) 607 (36) 501 (29)

38.5 ( 1.43) 33.6 ( 6.35) 4.2 (0.22) 37.5 ( 1.68) 30.9 ( 1.34) 1.14 ( 0.05) 0.84 ( 0.16) 0.09 (0 01) 1.08 ( 0.08) 0.88 ( 0.04)

The observations were made during 1968 --1971. The population estimates are derived from one sampling on June 23-24 in 1969 and one on June 10-12 in 1971.

Study area

The study area which is about 16 hectares in extent, is a deciduous woodland. It has been divided into three sub-areas. Sub-area I is a dense forest mainly of oak (Quercus robur L.), birch (Betula pendula Roth) and hazel. Sub-area II consists of a mosaic of oak, birch and hazel on morain hillocks and open areas with meadow vegetation on day.

Sub-area III has a sparre tree and bush vegetation with oak, birch and some isolated hazel. A detailed description of the vegetation in the area is given by Larsson (1971).


In 1969 the sampling of insects feeding on hazel leaves was conducted in sub-areas I—

III. Two plots measuring 50X50 m were chosen at random in each sub-area. A ran- dom sample of ten hazel stems was taken

from each plot. The stems were carefully cut directly into large polythene bags and trans- ported to the laboratory where the leaves and shoots were examined for insects. The sampling procedure and further treatmenis of hazel leaves are described in Axelsson et al.

(1972). In 1971 the sampling was carried out in sub-areas I and II. Thirty plots measuring 2 X2 m were chosen at random and every hazel stem growing in the plots was cut down, transported and examined in the same way as in 1969.

Many species could not be identified in the larvat stage and it was thus necessary to rear larvae into imagines in the laboratory. The non-normality of the primary data has been disregarded and the variance has been esti- mated without any transformation.

Synopsis of the species Homoptera Aphidina

Three aphid species were found on hazel leaves. One of these, Myzocallis coryli (Gze.) is known to• feed on hazel. The other two species, Uroleucon sonchi (L.) and Eucera-

phis punctipennis Zett., can be regarded as occasional visitors.

Family Species Larva Adult

Chrysomelidae Curculionidae

Phutodeeta pallidus L.

Poludrostts mollis Stram P. undatus Fabr.

Strophosontus rufipes Steph.

Apoderus coryli L.

Deporaus betulae L.

Phylloblus argentatus L.

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114 B. AXELSSON, U. LOHM, T. PERSSON AND 0. TENOW Tab. 3. Estimated number of in.sect larvae feed-

ing on hazel leaves at Andersby ängsbackar on June 10-12, 1971. Mean number per sq.m with standard error in brackets.

Group Area: 1+11

Chrysomelidae 4.18 (2.35)

Bombyces 0.02 (0.01)

Noctuidae 0.28 (0.19)

Geometridae 0.25 (0.13)

Microlepidoptera 1.23 (0.63)

Symphy ta 0.10 (0.08)


The species which have been observed feeding on hazel leaves during larvat or adult stage (+), are listed at the bottom of p. 113.


The determinations in the following list are based on larvae found feeding on hazel leaves and reared in cultures into imagines.

Family Species

Hyponomeutidae Cerostoma radiatellum Don.

C. parenthesellum L.

Gelechidae Chelaria hiibnerella Don.

Chimbacche phrganella Hälm.

Tachgptilia populella Cl.

Psoricoptera gibbosella Z.

Pandemis heparana Schiff.

P. ribeana Hb.

Tortricidae Cacoecia reticulana Hb.

C. xglosteana L.

C. lecheana L.

Epinotia corticana Hb.

Coleophoridae Coleophora flavipennella H.-S Lithocolletidae Parornix avellanella SH.

Lasiocampidae Poecilocampa popull L.

Noctuidae Cosmia trapezina L.

Geometridae Operophthera brumata L.

Oporinia autumnata Bkh.

0. dilutata Schiff.

Erannis det oliarM Cl.

Two species, Brephos sp. and Poecilopsis sp. (Geometridae), might be added to the list based on determinations of larvae. One larva of Operophthera f agata Scharfenb. (Geomet- ridae) was found on hazel leaves, hut its development was not successful and it can

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be assumed that the larva had dropped from the birch canopy. Numerous pupae of Tortrix viridana L. (Tortricidae) were also found on hazel leaves. The larvae had probably de- scended from the oak canopy in order to pupate.

Hymenoptera Symphyta

No species have been identified. Cultures of the larvae failed, hut judging from found larvae at least two separate species feed on hazel leaves.

Population estimates

Population estimates of different species at Andersby in 1969 are presented in Tab. 1.

The estimates are given as mean numbers per sq.m. Some hazel data are given in Tab. 2 to enable comparison with the insect abun- dance. In Tab. 3 estimates are given on different insect groups in subarea I and II in 1971. On this occasion a separation into different species was only partially made.

Approximately 73 per cent of the Microlepi- doptera belonged to C. hiibnerella and C.

phryanella. All chrysomelid larvae belonged to P. pallidus.


Fil. lic. G. Elofsson and Dr. J. Pettersson, specialists on Microlepidop lera and Homoptera respectively, have kindly helped with species determinations.



Estimation of leaf number and leaf biomass of Corylus avellana by two methods. — Oikos 23: 281-283.

LARSSON, B. M. P. 1971. Andersby ängsbackar - ett uppländskt lund- och hagmarksområde. - Fauna Flora 66: 11-26.


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