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High-altitude migration of Psylloidea (Hemiptera) over England

High-altitude migration of Psylloidea (Hemiptera) over England

Greenslade, Alexander F. C., Chapman, Jason W. and Reynolds, Don R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8749-7491 (2021) High-altitude migration of Psylloidea (Hemiptera) over England. Entomologist's Gazette, 72 (3). pp. 189-198. ISSN 0013-8894 (doi:

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Some species of psyllid (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) are known to make high-altitude windborne migrations, but compared with their sister superfamily, the Aphidoidea, our knowledge of these movements is rudimentary and unsystematised. Here we have extracted psyllid capture data from day and night aerial sampling carried out at a height of 200 m above ground at Cardington, Bedfordshire, UK, during summers between 1999 and 2007. These records were consolidated with high-altitude psyllid catches made over England during the 1930s and with some other trapping results from northwest Europe which were indicative of migration. Information on aerial densities, diel flight periodicity, and the sex-ratio of the aerial psyllid populations is presented. We also compared our results with those of a recent study which used the Rothamsted Insect Survey network of suction traps (sampling at a height of 12.2 m); this provided confirmative evidence that the suction-traps were indeed detecting migrating psyllids. Finally, both aerial netting and suction trap data were used to tentatively interpret the seasonal timing of migrations in terms of the breeding/overwintering cycles of some common psyllid species.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jumping plant lice, aerial trapping, windborne migration, flight, atmospheric transport, 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
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 13:25

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