Predatory epigean arthropods

Dr. Dr. habil. Wolfgang Büchs
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Telefon: +49 531 596 2309
Fax: +49 531 596 2399


The study group „Predatory epigean arthropods“ is a platform for all kinds of activities and information exchange on all topics dealing with predatory arthropods of (at least temporary) epigean lifestyle.

The “arthropods” in the study group name indicates that not only insects but all arthropods of predatory lifestyle with epigean development stages are meant. Thus, the study group embraces such taxa as ground beetles and rove beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae and Staphylinidae), soldier beetles (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), clown beetles (Coleoptera: Histeridae) and other predatory beetles; predatory bugs like damsel bugs and assassin bugs (Heteroptera : Nabidae and Reduviidae) – but also spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) and harvestmen (Opilionida: Opiliones) as well as centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda) – and even other taxa, on application.

While the study group „Predatory epigean arthropods“ has traditionally been focusing more on agricultural communities, now the focus is to be expanded as it is getting more obvious that landscape mosaics of patches in proximal and distal vicinity to the agricultural ecosystem also needs to be considered in the analysis. Thus, contributions on all other kinds of communities and habitats are welcome.

Our purpose is to provide the interested members of the DGaaE with a broad basis for discussions on population-ecological, faunistical, taxonomic and methodical topics.

Suggestions on research focus, congresses, meetings or excursions are very welcome.