Eur. J. Entomol. 114: 554-564, 2017 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2017.070

Windborne migration of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) over Britain

Don R. REYNOLDS1,2, Jason W. CHAPMAN3,4, Alan J.A. STEWART5
1 Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TB, UK; e-mail: D.Reynolds@greenwich.ac.uk
2 Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ, UK
3 Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK; e-mail: j.chapman2@exeter.ac.uk
4 College of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
5 School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QG, UK; e-mail: a.j.a.stewart@sussex.ac.uk

Planthoppers (Delphacidae), leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and froghoppers (Aphrophoridae) (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) caught during day and night sampling at a height of 200 m above ground at Cardington, Bedfordshire, UK, during eight summers (between 1999 and 2007) were consolidated with high-altitude catches made over England in the 1930s. Comparisons were made with other auchenorrhynchan trapping results from northwest Europe, which were indicative of migration. The migratory abilities in the species concerned were then interpreted in terms of various life-history traits or ecological characteristics, such as ontogenetic, diel and seasonal flight patterns, voltinism, habitat preferences, and host plant affinity. In contrast to some other areas of the world (North America, East Asia), the migratory abilities of most Auchenorrhyncha species in northwest Europe is poorly understood, and thus the present study draws together, and complements, fragmentary information on this topic as a basis for further research.

Keywords: Auchenorrhyncha, aerial sampling, flight, atmospheric transport, migration syndrome, life-history traits, host specificity, Britain

Received: August 3, 2017; Accepted: November 28, 2017; Published online: December 15, 2017Show citation

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REYNOLDS, D.R., CHAPMAN, J.W., & STEWART, A.J.A. (2017). Windborne migration of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) over Britain. Eur. J. Entomol.114(1), 2017.000. doi: 10.14411/eje.2017.070.
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