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High-altitude migration of Heteroptera in Britain

High-altitude migration of Heteroptera in Britain

Reynolds, Don R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8749-7491, Nau, Bernard S. and Chapman, Jason W. (2013) High-altitude migration of Heteroptera in Britain. European Journal of Entomology, 110 (3). pp. 483-492. ISSN 1210-5759 (Print), 1802-8829 (Online) (doi:

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Heteroptera caught during day and night sampling at a height of 200 m above ground at Cardington, Bedfordshire, UK, during eight summers (1999, 2000, and 2002-2007) were compared to high-altitude catches made over the UK and North Sea from the 1930s to the 1950s. The height of these captures indicates that individuals were engaged in windborne migration over distances of at least several kilometres and probably tens of kilometres. This conclusion is generally supported by what is known of the species' ecologies, which reflect the view that the level of dispersiveness is associated with the exploitation of temporary habitats or resources. The seasonal timing of the heteropteran migrations is interpreted in terms of the breeding/overwintering cycles of the species concerned.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] D.R.R. and J.W.C. - Rothamsted Research is a national institute of bioscience strategically funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heteropteran bugs, aerial sampling, windborne migration, atmospheric transport, life-history strategies, seasonal cycles
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 10:43

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