7. Understanding Habitats

  1. T.R. New

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch7

Lepidoptera and Conservation

Lepidoptera and Conservation

How to Cite

New, T.R. (ed) (2013) Understanding Habitats, in Lepidoptera and Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch7

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 management;
  • habitat loss;
  • habitats;
  • landscape;
  • Lepidoptera


Loss and degradation of ‘habitat’ is the paramount threat to Lepidoptera, as to most other taxa. This chapter presents the central role of ‘habitat’ in practical conservation. It explains how to characterize habitats and how to interpret changes and disturbances which is the core foundation of much conservation management. The ‘landscape’, as the context for any site, biotope, or patch of conservation interest, may influence the integrity of most conservation measures. Habitat loss and degradation is the paramount theme in Lepidoptera conservation, and is interwoven intricately with population structure and dynamics. Examples noted in the chapter emphasise that co-occurring specialist species may have very different population structures and dispersal patterns within the same arena of habitat patches. Understanding the intricate and often individual linkages between resources and space, population structure and climate changes is perhaps the most important theme in designing conservation management for Lepidoptera and most other terrestrial invertebrates.