The Conservation of Insects and Their Habitats

The Conservation of Insects and Their Habitats

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The Conservation of Insects and their Habitats is a compilation of papers presented in the 15th Symposium of the Royal Entomological Society of London held at the Department of Physics Lecture Theatre Imperial College, London, on September 14-15, 1989. The papers cover topics on the diversity of entomological habitats and ecologicalroles around the world, and highlight the value of insects to humanity. Some practical proposals for conservation, especially in tropical forests and on islands, where their diversity is greatest, are also given. This book will add to the continuing force for the conservation and protection of biological diversity of the Earth.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    Opening Remarks

    1. Observe Extinction or Conserve Diversity?

    I. Introduction: Insects are Difficult to Conserve

    II. Insects, Nature Reserves and their Matrix

    III. Special Species

    IV. Communication with Farmers

    V. Communication among Entomologists and Conservation Organizations

    VI. Conclusion


    2. North American Problems and Perspectives in Insect Conservation

    I. Introduction

    II. Status of Conservation Programmes

    III. Status Surveys

    IV. Progress in Listing Candidates

    V. Protection and Habitat Acquisition

    VI. Management and Recovery

    VII. Prognosis

    VIII. Conclusion


    3. Australia: Conservation of a Continental Insect Fauna

    I. Introduction

    II. Australian Environments and their History

    III. The Insect Fauna

    IV. Current Threats to Insects

    V. The History and Status of Insect Conservation in Australia

    VI. Conclusion


    4. The Conservation of Island Insects and their Habitats

    I. Introduction

    II. Islands

    III. Island Conservation

    IV. Recommendations and Solutions


    5. The Conservation of Insects and their Habitats in Northern and Eastern Europe

    I. Introduction

    II. The Red Data Lists of Northern and Eastern Europe

    III. Protection of Insects and their Habitats in Northern and Eastern Europe

    IV. Causes of Threat and the Similarity of Species Lists in Finland and Sweden

    V. Conclusion


    6. Mediterranean Insect Conservation

    I. Introduction

    II. The Mediterranean Insect Fauna

    III. Pleistocene Réfugia

    IV. Insect Conservation in the Mediterranean Area

    V. Threatened Environments of the Mediterranean Area


    7. Fragmentation, Isolation and Mobility of Insect Populations

    I. Introduction

    II. Isolation and Population Dynamics

    III. Examples of Insects responding to Increased Isolation

    IV. Conclusions


    8. Woodlands: Past, Present and Potential for Insects

    I. Introduction

    II. Historical Background

    III. Changes in the Status of Woodland Insects

    IV. Ecological Specialization among Insects of Mature Woodland and Open Spaces

    V. The Management of Woods for Insect Conservation

    VI. The Need for Research and Education

    VII. Summary and Conclusions — the Future for Woodland Insects


    9. Lepidoptera as Indicators of Change in the Semi-natural Grasslands of Lowland and Upland Europe

    I. Introduction

    II. Intensively Cultivated Grassland

    III. Abandoned Grassland

    IV. Changes in Species and Families of Lepidoptera

    V. Reasons for Rapid Change in Insect Populations

    VI. Discussion and Conclusions


    10. Conserving Insects of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats, with Special Reference to Beetles

    I. Introduction: Sites, Habitat, Communities and Species

    II. International Species Protection

    III. The British Red Data Book - Insects

    IV. Species Rarity and Site Evaluation

    V. The Low Profile of Insect Conservation

    VI. Acceptance of the Need for Insect Conservation by Nonentomologists


    11. Creating New and Successional Habitats for Arthropods

    I. Introduction

    II. Arthropods in Ecological Successions

    III. Habitat Creation

    IV. Habitat Re-creation

    V. Habitat Mosaics of Different Successional Age

    VI. Discussion


    Appendix I

    12. The Conservation of Insects on Arable Farmland

    I. Introduction

    II. Background to the Development of Conservation Headlands

    III. Design and Agronomy of Conservation Headlands

    IV. Effect of Conservation Headlands on Chick-food Insects and Chick Survival

    V. Butterflies and Conservation Headlands

    VI. Conservation Headlands as a Tool in Conservation

    VII. Conclusions


    13. The Utilization and Value of Non-domesticated Insects

    I. Introduction

    II. Services from Insects

    III. Goods from Insects

    IV. Planning for Resource Management

    V. Conclusions


    14. Conservation of Neotropical Environments: Insects as Indicators

    I. Introduction

    II. Adapting Insects to the Tasks of Defining Options, Ranking of Priorities, Making Surveys and Monitoring Systems

    III. Tools for the Task: Description, Discrimination, Explanation

    IV. Case Histories and Some Legends

    V. A Practical Guide to Conservation Action using Insects

    VI. Epilogue: Important Considerations for the Agenda, 1990-2010


    15. Insects and Tropical Forest Conservation

    I. Introduction

    II. The Size of the Insect Resource

    III. Do Insects Matter?

    IV. Pattern and Process

    V. Deforestation

    VI. Identification

    VII. Extending the Protected Areas Network

    VIII. Insects as Tools for Conservation

    IX. Conclusions


    16. Poster Presentations

    Managing Plantation Woodland on Ancient Woodland Sites for Butterflies and Other Insects

    The Role of Field Boundaries in Hoverfly (Diptera: Syrphidae) Foraging on Arable land

    The Bern Convention and Spanish Lepidoptera

    Captive Breeding-A Vital Line of Defence

    Insects and Krakatau: A Conserved Habitat of Long-term Research Interest

    The Amateur Role in Insect Conservation

    The Nature Conservancy Council Approach to Invertebrate Conservation

    Conservation of British Trichoptera


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  • No. of pages: 468
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: January 28, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323149303

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