Experimental tests of light-pollution impacts on nocturnal insect courtship and dispersal

  title={Experimental tests of light-pollution impacts on nocturnal insect courtship and dispersal},
  author={Ariel Firebaugh and Kyle J. Haynes},
Though a number of effects of artificial light pollution on behavior and physiology have been described, there is little understanding of their consequences for the growth and distribution of populations. Here, we document impacts of light pollution on aspects of firefly population ecology and underlying mating behaviors. Many firefly species have a unique communication system whereby bioluminescent flashes are used in courtship displays to find and attract mates. We performed a series of… 

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