Climate warming and past and present distribution of the processionary moths (thaumetopoea spp.) in Europe, Asia minor and North Africa

Alain Roques, Jérôme Rousselet, Mustafa Avci, Dimitrios N. Avtzis, Andrea Basso, Andrea Battisti, Mohamed Lahbib Ben Jamaa, Atia Bensidi, Laura Berardi, Wahiba Berretima, Manuela Branco, Gahdab Chakali, Ejup Çota, Mirza Dautbašić, Horst Delb, Moulay Ahmed El Alaoui El Fels, Saïd El Mercht, Mhamed El Mokhefi, Beat Forster, Jacques GarciaGeorgi Georgiev, Milka M. Glavendekić, Francis Goussard, Paula Halbig, Lars Henke, Rodolfo Hernańdez, José A. Hódar, Kahraman Apekdal, Maja Jurc, Dietrich Klimetzek, Mathieu Laparie, Stig Larsson, Eduardo Mateus, Dinka Matošević, Franz Meier, Zvi Mendel, Nicolas Meurisse, Ljubodrag Mihajlović, Plamen Mirchev, Sterja Nasceski, Cynthia Nussbaumer, Maria Rosa Paiva, Irena Papazova, Juan Pino, Jan Podlesnik, Jean Poirot, Alex Protasov, Noureddine Rahim, Gerardo Sańchez Peña, Helena Santos, Daniel Sauvard, Axel Schopf, Mauro Simonato, Georgi Tsankov, Eiko Wagenhoff, Annie Yart, Regino Zamora, Mohamed Zamoum, Christelle Robinet

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Pine processionary moth, Thaumetopea pityocampa, is a model insect indicator of global warming, the northwards and upwards range expansion of this Mediterranean species being directly associated with the recent warming up. The knowledge about the drivers of moth expansion is synthesized. A first standardized mapping of the northern expansion edge, from Western Europe to Turkey, is presented, then detailed for 20 countries of Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa, including future trends. Additional data about the responses of the other Thaumetopoea species are given. Finally, the chapter points out the importance of the man-mediated introductions in the expansion process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcessionary Moths and Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationAn Update
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages81
ISBN (Electronic)978-940179340-7
ISBN (Print)978-940179339-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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