Ecological Entomology

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 3

Edited By: Jane K. Hill, Francis Gilbert and Rebeca B. Rosengaus

Impact Factor: 1.699

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 19/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2311

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Physiological Entomology, Systematic Entomology

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Volume 40 Issue 3

Pollination by nocturnal Lepidoptera, and the effects of light pollution: a review
Callum J. Macgregor, Michael J. O. Pocock, Richard Fox and Darren M. Evans

When considering negative anthropogenic impacts, we usually focus on increased temperatures, eutrophication, habitat fragmentation and the presence of chemicals in the environment, amongst others. Seldom, however, do we think about light pollution. In the review by Macgregor et al., we are presented with evidence for how artificial lighting at night hampers the biology and pollination services of nocturnal Lepidoptera. Besides the physical damage that hot light bulbs can cause to nocturnal insects, light pollution can affect the release of sex pheromones, the choice for oviposition sites and even suppress oviposition. Light pollution can also result in higher predation rates and reduced visual capabilities in moths. These effects may help explain the sharp and alarming decline of moth populations across the world, impacting not only the composition and interactions of entire communities but also the ecosystem services provided by this important taxon. By recommending the use of ecological network approaches to inform additional empirical work, the authors have brought to the forefront the need to consider this apparently “innocuous” anthropogenic factor as a significant issue to be addressed. Keep your porch light off!

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth - photo David Green

Photo: David Green.

In the News - Ten Year Invasion of the Harlequin Ladybird

The harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis was first recorded in Britain in 2004. The UK Ladybird Survey, a citizen science initiative involving online recording, was launched in 2005 to encourage people across Britain to track the spread of H. axyridis. Tens of thousands of people have provided records of H. axyridis and other species of ladybirds which provides an important dataset for large-scale and long-term research. This Invited Review makes use of the UK Ladybird Survey dataset to review the last ten years of invasion by the harlequin ladybird.

 Harlequin spectabilis - Maris Midgley

J O Westwood Award for Insect Taxonomy

Call for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the J. O. Westwood Medal and Award for Insect Taxonomy, which is awarded bienially in recognition of the highest standards of descriptive taxonomy. Click here for further information about the award.

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