Abstract

9.A preliminary investigation of the Insect fauna of family Carabidae (Coleoptera: Insecta) of Kota University campus
Meenakshi Sharma and Prahlad Dube
Kota region, popularly known as Hadoti, is rich in biodiversity and natural resources. This region is blessed by rich vegetation and wetlands. The present paper reports commonly observed species of Family Carabidae (Coleoptera: Insecta, Arthropoda). The field survey was conducted from January, 2015 to October, 2015. Surveys and collection was done in morning (06.00AM-10.00 AM) and evening (04.00-08.00 pm) at one month interval. Ground dwelling beetles were collected with the help of pit fall trap method. As per need sweep net method was also utilized. In few instances, beetles were handpicked. Both, aquatic and terrestrial, habitats were explored and 11 species from 8 genera (Anthia, Carabus, Calosoma, Chlaenius, Dineutus, Cicindela, Poecilus, Pterostichus) of Family Carabidae (Coleoptera: Insecta) were found. The collection is under study and many more species of this and other families will be identified.