High-altitude migration of Psylloidea (Hemiptera) over England

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Greenslade, A. F. C., Chapman, J. W. and Reynolds, D. R. 2021. High-altitude migration of Psylloidea (Hemiptera) over England. Entomologist's gazette. 72 (3), pp. 189-198. https://doi.org/10.31184/G00138894.723.1817

AuthorsGreenslade, A. F. C., Chapman, J. W. and Reynolds, D. R.

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

KeywordsAerial trapping; Atmospheric transport; Flight; Jumping plant lice; Seasoal cycles; Windborne migration
Year of Publication2021
JournalEntomologist's gazette
Journal citation72 (3), pp. 189-198
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.31184/G00138894.723.1817
Open accessPublished as green open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeThe Rothamsted Insect Survey - National Capability [2017-2022]
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online13 Aug 2021
PublisherPemberley Books

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