Synchrony of Population Fluctuations: The Dominant Influence of Widespread Factors on Local Butterfly Populations

Author
Pollard E.
Abstract

Fluctuations in the abundance of butterflies at many sites in Britain are monitored in a national scheme. Both annual fluctuations and long term trends at individual sites are often very closely synchronised with regional data which excludes the study sites. I argue from such synchrony: (1) that these population are likely to be limited by density-dependent factors and (2) that population fluctuations are little influenced by interactions which are specific to local communities.

Year of Publication
1991
Journal
Oikos
Volume
60
Issue
1
Number of Pages
7-10
Date Published
February 1, 1991
ISBN Number
0030-1299
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Short Title
Oikos