Survival Effects of Fluctuating Temperatures on Insects

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2020-04-22
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Hodgson, Erin
Dean, Ashley
Hodgson, Erin
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The weather this year has been quite variable – several warm days followed by a cold, snowy week in April is just one example of the dramatic changes we’ve experienced in air temperatures (Figure 1). Each winter, we receive the question “Will insect pests be worse/better this year?”, and cold snaps during the spring cause people to wonder “Do fluctuating temperatures affect pest populations?” The short answer to these questions: it depends, but probably not.

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