486 pages, 100 figs, tabs
Focuses on insect population dynamics at the advanced level. It incorporates the latest thinking from leading researchers in the field and contains a significant amount of new work. The aim of the volume is to clear away semantic argumets, test the hypotheses against case studies, introduce the current state of the subject, and point the way forward to valid lines of enquiry.
Published on behalf of the Royal Entomological Society.
Theoretical background, Population structure. The equilibrium theory of population regulation. The role of density independent processes in the stabilization of insect populations. Resource limitation of populations and ceiling models. The problems associated with the identification of density dependence in population data. The role of predators and parasitoids in insect population dynamics. The effect of qualitive changes of individuals in the population dynamics of insects. What our experience of biological control tells us about current population theories. Case studies: the population dynamics of aphids. The population dynamics of tephritidae. The population dynamics of the genus maculinea (lepidoptera: lycaenidae). The population ecology of tyria jocobaeae (lepidoptera: arctiidae). The population ecology of operophthera brumata (lepidoptera: geometridae). The population ecology of euura lasiolepis (hymenoptera: tenthredinidae). The population ecolgy of trichochermes walkeri (psylloidea: triozidae). The population ecolgy of epilachna niponica (coleoptera: coccinellidae). The population ecology of megaloprepus coerulatus (odonata: pseudostigmatidae).
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