Document Type

Peer-Review Article


A broad survey of the beetle (Insecta: Coleoptera) fauna of several managed parks and natural areas was undertaken over the past decade across the state of Indiana, USA. These areas represent many of the habitat types present in Indiana including forests, grassland, freshwater streams, and wetlands, as well as more unique habitats found in limited areas in the state such as sand dunes and cypress swamps. The specific localities are: Indiana Dunes State Park, Kankakee Sands, Ross Hills Park, Shades State Park, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, and Twin Swamps Nature Preserve. Beetles were surveyed using a variety of active and passive collecting techniques, outlined here. Specimens were then identified to the lowest possible level, often by world authorities in each group. Results are given as numbers of families, genera, and species for each property, in addition to a total combined species list summarizing all the efforts presented. We record a total of 1,328 species from six nature preserves across Indiana.

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