Monitoring protocols for 5 saproxyl beetles


MIPP - Monitoring of insects with public participation

LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252

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The sheet below describes in summary 5 Good Practices relating to the monitoring of 5 species of Cerambycidae. For further information, it is possible to consult the individual details sheet in the LIFE GoProFor database.

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Saproxyl beetles of different species relevant in the process of decomposition of dead wood.

Mason Franco



Monitor the populations of 5 saproxyl beetles (Osmoderma eremita, Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina, Morimus asper/funereus) through the use of a simple and standardized monitoring protocol that guarantees scientific validity, easy execution and limited costs.

Good Practice Description

The 5 saproxide beetles concerning good practice are protected by the habitat directive given their importance linked to the role they play within the decomposition network of dead wood, a fundamental component of forest ecosystems. The habitat directive requires the monitoring of these species in order to assess their conservation status.

The MIPP project, given the elusive habits of the animals, therefore not easily identifiable, and given the presence of data not collected through standard protocols, standardized the sampling method through monitoring protocols applicable in other contexts. These are methods of direct sighting of insects and through non-invasive traps that allow the animal to remain alive once collected.

Territorial Context

The good practice was carried out in the following state natural reserves: Tarvisio Forest (Udine), Bosco Fontana (Mantova), Foreste Casentinesi (Arezzo), Castel di Sangro (L’Aquila), Bosco della Mesola (Ferrara). They are found in an alpine, Apennine and plain context.

Replicability conditions

Easily replicable after specific training on the immediacy of recognition to operators who will take care of the findings, in cases of monitoring by direct sighting.

Dissemination material

From the GoProFor database, in the final part of the 5 sheets, it is possible to download material related to the project . In particular the Guidelines for the monitoring of the saproxylic beetles protected in Europe.

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Presentation of the Nature Reserve of Bosco Fontana

This good practice was carried in part out in Bosco Fontana (MN)

A video explains what it is and who manages this important reality for the conservation of Italian forests.