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Recent lepidopteran records from sub-Antarctic South Georgia

Convey, Peter. 2005 Recent lepidopteran records from sub-Antarctic South Georgia. Polar Biology, 28 (2). 108-110. 10.1007/s00300-004-0681-6

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Abstract/Summary

No Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are known to be residents of South Georgia. This paper presents new records of three lepidopterans on the island. Two, Agrotis ipsilon (Noctuidae) and Plutella xylostella (Yponomeutidae), are well-known migrants. The third, Plodia interpunctella (Pyralidae), is closely associated with human habitation. In the context of regional trends of climate warming P. xylostella may already possess the ecophysiological capacity to permit establishment on South Georgia.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s00300-004-0681-6
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Life at the Edge - Stresses and Thresholds
ISSN: 0722-4060
Additional Keywords: Moths, Distribution, Climate warming
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Date made live: 19 Dec 2007 14:57
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1727

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