Carabid Beetles: Ecology and Evolution
The Carabidae (including ground and tiger presented at the 8th European Carabidologists' beetles) form one of the largest families of in Meeting - 2nd International Symposium of Cara sects, with no less than an estimated 40,000 de bidology, which took place at the Catholic Uni scribed species, occurring in nearly any terrestrial versity of Louvain (U. c. L. ) in Louvain-Ia-Neuve and at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sci habitat on all continents (except Antarctica) as well as on most islands. This extreme diversity ences (R. B. I. N. S. ) in Brussels, Belgium, Septem and distribution, along with the high abundance ber 1-4, 1992. The manuscripts were peer-re of these beetles in a large variety of habitats has viewed prior to acceptance. resulted a considerable interest in many aspects of European Carabidologists' Meetings were their study, including systematics, biogeography, started in the late 1960s by ecologists, mostly ecology and evolution. A large number of ground from the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Germany, beetles are known as polyphagous predatory who were investigating various aspects of the bi arthropods and therefore have been recognized ology of carabid beetles. Since that time the as beneficial insects in integrated pest manage number of participants to that meeting as well as ment of cultures. This has stimulated ecological its content have expanded considerably.