Global Warming Causes Changes in Insect Fauna

A common damselfly species on the Swiss Central Plateau, the Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) has slightly extended its range in higher elevations. Photo: Felix Neff, Agroscope

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Global Warming Causes Changes in Swiss Insect Fauna

How has the distribution of insects in Switzerland changed over the past 40 years? The range of many species has expanded, while that of a similar number has contracted. In particular, cold-adapted species have lost ground. These are the findings published in the journal “Nature Communications”.



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INSECT – A Research Initiative on the Changes in the Insect Fauna of Switzerland

What is the state of insects in Switzerland? What changes have there been, and what has caused them? Researchers study these questions in the project ‘INSECT’.

Last modification 12.12.2022

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