A long-lasting method for marking beetles (Coleoptera), which does not enhance mortality

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Mark-release-recapture studies require marking methods that are durable and do not enhance the rate of mortality. Paint from the Mark-Tex Tech-Pen(R) was used to mark two species of carabid (Bembidion atrocaeruleum and B. decorum), and an enhanced rate of mortality, due to paint toxicity, was tested for. No significant increase in the mortality was detected over a 37-day period when compared to unmarked beetles. It was concluded that the marking method did not enhance mortality over the period of study.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-51.
Number of pages3
JournalEntomological News
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004