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Eur. J. Entomol. 2007, 104(1): 139143
Increased migration of Lepidoptera linked to climate change
SPARKS T.H.*, DENNIS R.L.H., CROXTON P.J. & CADE M.
The number of species of migratory Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) reported each year at a site in the south of the UK has been rising steadily. This number is very strongly linked to rising temperatures in SW Europe. It is anticipated that further climate warming within Europe will increase the numbers of migratory Lepidoptera reaching the UK and the consequences of this invasion need urgent attention.
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KeywordsLepidoptera, butterflies, moths, migration, temperature response, climate change