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Tag: insect

Street lighting has detrimental impacts on local insect populations

INTRODUCTION

There is growing evidence that some terrestrial insect populations have declined during recent decades (13), raising concerns about the future functioning of ecosystems (47). Of the more species-rich insect groups, moths (Lepidoptera) are the best studied, with significant population declines being reported in parts of Europe (811). Moths are functionally important for terrestrial ecosystems, including as pollinators, prey for both vertebrates (e.g., birds and bats) and invertebrates (e.g., spiders and social wasps), and hosts for parasitoids (1218), and thus, these changes are expected
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