1. Lepidoptera and Invertebrate Conservation

  1. T.R. New

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch1

Lepidoptera and Conservation

Lepidoptera and Conservation

How to Cite

New, T.R. (ed) (2013) Lepidoptera and Invertebrate Conservation, in Lepidoptera and Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 10 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118409213

Online ISBN: 9781118409220



  • conservation;
  • invertebrate;
  • Lepidoptera


Lepidoptera proliferated only in the Cretaceous period, developing and radiating in parallel with the flowering plants and so broadly onlyabout 100 million years old. Many adult Lepidoptera feed on plant nectar, and collectively display a range of features that render many of them effective, and sometimes highly specific, pollinators. The key realisation is simply that every species of Lepidoptera comprises two very different biological entities, with larva and adult disparate in form and habits. They occupy different habitats and exploit different resources, thus comprising different ecological pressures and needs for conservation. Continuing documentation on Lepidoptera has several distinct foci, in addition to that dealing directly with conservation matters. There remains the literature on Lepidoptera that deals more specifically with conservation, or primarily addresses practical or theoretical themes of conservation interest in the direct context of conservation.