A northward shift of range margins in British Odonata

TitleA northward shift of range margins in British Odonata
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHickling, R, Roy, DB, Hill, JK, Thomas, CD
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Date Published2005
ISBN Number1365-2486
Keywordsclimate change, dragonflies, range expansion

Many species are predicted to shift their ranges to higher latitudes and altitudes in response to climate warming. This study presents evidence for 37 species of nonmigratory British dragonflies and damselflies shifting northwards at their range margins over the past 40 years, seemingly as a result of climate change. This response by an exemplar group of insects associated with fresh water, parallels polewards range changes observed in terrestrial invertebrates and other taxa.