Insect Conservation and Diversity

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Edited By: Simon R. Leather, Yves Basset and Raphael K. Didham

Impact Factor: 1.937

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 18/87 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1752-4598

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Molecular Biology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology, Systematic Entomology

Virtual Issue - Scaling conservation management actions to the fine-grained ecological responses of invertebrates - Nov 2011


Scaling Conservation management actions to the fine-grained ecological responses of invertebratesScaling conservation management actions to the fine-grained ecological responses of invertebrates

Most invertebrates perceive and respond to the world at spatial and temporal scales that are far smaller than the typical scales of human perception. Almost invariably, this leads to conservation decision-making at coarse-grained scales that suits many plant and vertebrate species, but is ineffective or detrimental to the conservation of threatened invertebrates. This mismatch in scales of ecological response versus scales of management actions represents an important challenge to effective conservation management for invertebrates. This virtual issue presents a selection of recent papers highlighting the fine-grained ecological responses of invertebrates to varying resource distributions (Ulyshen et al. 2010) and microhabitat conditions (Rodgers and Kitching 2011), as well as the influence these have on antagonistic and mutualistic interactions among species (Korosi et al. online early, Sang and Teder online early), often using innovative new approaches to illuminate fine-scale niche differentiation among species (Jain and Balakrishnan 2011, Waters et al. 2011). It is this fine-scale variation in micro-site conditions that is frequently shown to structure the spatial distribution of invertebrate biodiversity (Arnan et al. 2011, Levesque-Beaudin and Wheeler, online early). Now, more than ever, there is a growing recognition that we need a detailed understanding of the microhabitat requirements of invertebrates to build better predictive models of the diversity and distribution of threatened taxa (Skarpaas et al. 2011) and improve the conservation management of invertebrate biodiversity (Looney et al. 2009, Merckx and Berwaerts 2010, Sarin and Bergman 2010, Haaland et al. 2011).

On the vertical distribution of bees in a temperate deciduous forest
Michael D. Ulyshen, Villu Soon and James L. Hanul

Rainforest Collembola (Hexapoda: Collembola) and the insularity of epiphyte microhabitats
Denis J. Rodgers and Roger L. Kitching

Different habitat selection by two sympatric Maculinea butterflies at small spatial scale
Ádám Kőrösi, Noémi Örvössy, Péter Batáry, Andrea Harnos and László Peregovits

Dragonflies cause spatial and temporal heterogeneity in habitat quality for butterflies
Anu Sang and Tiit Teder

Microhabitat selection in an assemblage of crickets (Orthoptera: Ensifera) of a tropical evergreen forest in Southern India
Manjari Jain and Rohini Balakrishnan

Niche differentiation of a cryptic bumblebee complex in the Western Isles of Scotland
Joe Waters, Ben Darvill, Gillian C. Lye and Dave Goulson

Habitat determinants of abundance, structure and composition of flying Hymenoptera communities in mountain old-growth forests
Xavier Arnan, Jordi Bosch, Lluís Comas, Marc Gracia and Javier Retana

Spatial scale and nested patterns of beta-diversity in temperate forest Diptera
Valérie Lévesque-Beaudin and Terry A. Wheeler

Predicting hotspots for red-listed species: multivariate regression models for oak-associated beetles
Olav Skarpaas, Ola H. Diserud, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson and Frode Ødegaard

When the prairie varies: the importance of site characteristics for strategising insect conservation
Chris Looney, Benjamin T. Caldwell and Sanford D. Eigenbrode

What type of hedgerows do Brown hairstreak (Thecla betulae L.) butterflies prefer? Implications for European agricultural landscape conservation Thomas Merckx and Koen Berwaerts

Habitat utilisation of burnet moths (Zygaena spp.) in southern Sweden: a multi-scale and multi-stage perspective
Camilla Sarin and Karl-Olof Bergman

Sown wildflower strips for insect conservation: a review
Christine Haaland, Russell E. Naisbit and Louis-Félix Bersier

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