Chapter 21. Adventive (Non-Native) Insects: Importance to Science and Society

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Alfred G. Wheeler Jr.3 and
  2. E. Richard Hoebeke1

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch21

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Wheeler, A. G. and Hoebeke, E. R. (2009) Adventive (Non-Native) Insects: Importance to Science and Society, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-2601, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211

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Keywords:

  • adventive (non-native) insects - importance to science and society;
  • role of humans as agents in dispersing organisms ranging from microbes to vertebrates;
  • distributional status - native or adventive;
  • invasion ecology's status and public appeal - due partly to its emotive and militaristic language, alien, exotic, and invader;
  • immigrant insects - associated with disturbed habitats;
  • early history of adventive insects in North America;
  • numbers, taxonomic composition, and geographic origins of adventive insects;
  • effects of adventive insects;
  • insects - crucial to human existence and ecosystem functions;
  • sterile insect technique - in population suppression and ‘technological milestone in applied Entomology’

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Terminology

  • Distributional Status: Native or Adventive?

  • Early History of Adventive Insects in North America

  • Numbers, Taxonomic Composition, and Geographic Origins of Adventive Insects

  • Effects of Adventive Insects

  • Systematics, Biodiversity, and Adventive Species

  • Concluding Thoughts

  • Acknowledgments

  • References