Ecology of Lepidoptera associated with bird nests in mid‐Wales, UK

@article{Boyes2019EcologyOL,
  title={Ecology of Lepidoptera associated with bird nests in mid‐Wales, UK},
  author={Douglas H. Boyes and Owen T. Lewis},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  year={2019},
  volume={44}
}
  • D. Boyes, O. Lewis
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Ecological Entomology
1. Bird nests are ubiquitous but patchy resources in many terrestrial habitats. Nests can support diverse communities of commensal invertebrates, especially moths (Lepidoptera). However, there is a shortage of information on the moths associated with bird nests, and the factors influencing their abundance, diversity and composition. 
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