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Abstract

Moth fauna in birch stands in an air-polluted area - I. Imagoes.

Abstract

A total of 123 moth species (comprising 20 547 individuals), with trophic relations in the larval stage to birch, was caught using light traps between 1989 and 1994 in a location with dominant birch (Betula verrucosa [B. pendula]) in an air-polluted area of the Krušné hory Mts., Czech Republic. The most important species were Biston betularius (7.7% of the sample), Cabera pusaria (6.9%), Apotomis betuletana (6.9%), Pandemis cerasana (6.2%), Epinotia ramella (5.9%), Olethreutes lacunana (5.4%), and Pheosia gnoma (5.5%). Some of these moth species are potentially harmful to birch.