Matthias Nuss

Matthias Nuss
Senckenberg Research Institute · Museum of Zoology Dresden

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Within the citizen science project “Flowering meadows for Saxonian butterflies”, more than 640 meadows are partially and at maximum three times annually mowed in order to change urban lawns into habitats for insects. In 2019, insect diversity was evaluated using the 100 sweep net technique during five visits at nine butterfly meadows (BM) and nine...
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Motivations and the organisational frame for volunteering in citizen science projects remain understudied. This study applied a new measurement inventory called Motivational and ORganisational Functions of voluntary ENgagement in Citizen Science (MORFEN-CS), by which established findings of psychology on volunteering in social situations were trans...
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Identification of pyraloid species is often hampered by highly similar external morphology requiring microscopic dissection of genitalia. This becomes especially obvious when mass samples from ecological studies or insect monitoring have to be analysed. DNA barcode sequences could accelerate identification, but are not available for most pyraloid s...
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Crambidae is a group of moths with more than 10,000 species occurring worldwide that evolved diverse morphological and ecological habits. They can be best recognized by morphological characters of the adult tympanal organ and larval chaetotaxy. We present the first molecular phylogeny of Crambidae including all subfamilies and most tribes. We use a...
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The New Zealand fauna of snout moths (Pyraloidea) predominantly consists of endemic species. During 2017 and 2018, 56 species of Pyraloidea in 1,749 individuals were collected at 14 localities. All species were screened for Wolbachia -infection, with specimens of eight species (14%) being positive, of which six species belong to Scopariinae. This i...
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Hoploscopa Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) is a fern-feeding genus found in montane areas of South-East Asia and Melanesia, eastwards up to the Samoan Islands. It includes sixteen described species, with at least 70 further undescribed species known from scientific collections. An iterative approach including morphological and molecular characters...
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Crambinae (2047 spp.) and Scopariinae (577 spp.) are two major groups of pyraloid moths with a worldwide distribution. Their larvae feed predominantly on Poales and Bryophyta, with many cereal crop pests. We present the first molecular phylogeny of the two groups based on five nuclear genes and one mitochondrial gene (total = 4713 bp) sampled for 5...
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In a recent paper in ZooKeys, Wiemers et al. (2018) provided an updated list of European butterfly names. In this list the authors follow gender agreement for species names, when interpreted as adjectival in derivation, in contrast to the common practice among most lepidopterists. Here we comment on this aspect of the paper, and voice our concern t...
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Spilomelinae and Pyraustinae form a species-rich monophylum of Crambidae (snout moths). Morphological distinction of the two groups has been difficult in the past, and the morphologically heterogenous Spilomelinae has not been broadly accepted as a natural group due to the lack of convincing apomorphies. In order to investigate potential apomorphic...
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Quantitative recording of insects on butterfly meadows. – The project Flowering meadows for Saxonian butterflies („Blühende Wiesen für Sachsens Schmetterlinge“) is running since 2015. Within this project, urban green spaces are being mowed at maximum three times per year, every time leaving 10–30 % unmowed. In order to evaluate whether insects are...
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The analysis of mitochondrial COI data for the European-Centroasian montane Udea alpinalis species group finds deep intraspecific splits. Specimens of U. austriacalis and U. rhododendronalis separate into several biogeographical groups. These allopatric groups are not recovered in the analyses of the two nuclear markers wingless and Elongation fact...
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From 2013–2017, we accompanied and interviewed local people harvesting edible insects in the Northern Angolan province of Uíge. Insect and host plant samples were collected for species identification and nutritive analyses. Additionally, live caterpillars were taken to feed and keep until pupation and eclosion of the imago, necessary for morphologi...
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Zusammenfassung: Das Verzeichnis der Schmetterlinge Deutschlands (2. Auflage) enthält 3682 Arten, die aus Deutschland sicher nachgewiesen sind. Das Vorkommen der Arten in den einzelnen Bundesländern wird in vier Zeitstufen angegeben: Nachweise bis 1900; Nachweise 1901-1980; Nachweise 1981-2000; Nachweise 2001-2016. Die Verbreitungstabelle wird erg...
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We report the discovery of Hoploscopini larvae (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Heliothelinae) on ferns at the southern slopes of Mount Kinabalu (Sabah, Borneo). The COI barcode of the larvae assigns them to the genus Hoploscopa. We provide the first detailed description of the larval stage for this tribe. Among Crambidae, these larvae are most similar to...
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DNA barcode data reveal a distinct group of Udea specimens collected on Crete and previously misidentified as Udea fulvalis (Hübner, 1809) and U. languidalis ab. veneralis (Staudinger, 1870). Morphological examination of the specimens corroborates their status as a distinct species which is described as Udea ruckdescheli sp. n. Images of the adults...
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Pollination success of highly specialized flowers is susceptible to fluctuations of the pollinator fauna. Mediterranean Aristolochia rotunda has deceptive trap flowers exhibiting a highly specialized pollination system. The sole pollinators are kleptoparasitic flies in search for food. This study investigates these pollinators on a spatio-temporal...
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With about 4,000 species, Spilomelinae are the most speciose subgroup of snout moths (Pyraloidea) and contain many species of economic importance , including invasive pests. Yet, the monophyly of the group as such is still in doubt as Spilomelinae are largely defined by ambiguous and absence characters and have repeatedly been claimed to be polyphy...
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The larvae of the Old World genera Leucinodes Guenée, 1854 and Sceliodes Guenée, 1854 are internal feeders in the fruits of Solanaceae, causing economic damage to cultivated plants like Solanum melongena and S. aethiopicum. In sub-Saharan Africa five nominal species of Leucinodes and one of Sceliodes occur. One of these species, the eggplant fruit...
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Overview of specimens intercepted in Great Britain by the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).
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Pollination of several angiosperms is based on deceit. In such systems, the flowers advertise a reward that ultimately is not provided. We report on a previously unknown pollination/mimicry system discovered in deceptive Aristolochia rotunda (Aristolochiaceae). Pollinators were collected in the natural habitat and identified. Flower scent and the v...
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Table S1Pherobase survey on chemical substances reported for true bugs of the family Miridae Table S2 Composition of headspace scent samples Table S3 Components used as references in scent analyses and for bioassays Table S4 Amount of EAD-active components Table S5 Attractiveness of synthetic scent mixtures and Heteroptera to pollinators Table S6 A...
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Recent data on Microlepidoptera of Saxony. – Recent collecting activities resulted in first records of 19 micro moths’ species from Saxony. On top of that, Anatrachyntis badia (Hodges, 1962) is first recorded from Germany as well as Sufetula diminutalis (Walker, 1866) from Europe. The latter two species were found in green houses. Further 20 specie...
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The Neotropical genus Catharylla Zeller, 1863 (type species: Crambus tenellus Zeller, 1839) is redescribed. Catharylla contiguella Zeller, 1872, C. interrupta Zeller, 1866 and Myelois sericina Zeller, 1881, included by Munroe (1995) in Catharylla, are moved to Argyria Hübner. Catharylla paulella Schaus, 1922 and C. tenellus (Zeller, 1839) are redes...