Insect Migration

  A subsidiary page of The Radar Entomology Web Site.

For further information on insect migration, see the following sites:-

There is an Insect Flight and Migration link list on the Insects on the WWW page from Virginia Tech (USA). A lot of overlap with this list, but worth checking for pages on insect flight (not covered here) and also for links on related ecological topics, which can be found higher up on the same page.

Another way of finding out about insect migration is to read the books!

  A list of scientific meetings and books on insect migration provides a partial bibliography of the topic and also gives an indication of how it has developed.

If you know of any sites with significant insect migration content that are not included here or in the Migration and Dispersal of Biota pages, please advise Gail Kampmeier (email or Alistair Drake (email

There are also numerous WWW sites covering other aspects of entomology. The Wonderful World of Insects is an excellent starting point for K-12 readers while Entomology on World-Wide Web (WWW) and Insects on the WWW are comprehensive link lists to material at all levels.

For information on migration of animals other than insects, check the Global Register of Migratory Species and the Convention on Migratory Species sites.

The background to this page is a drawing of an oriental armyworm (Mythimna separata) moth. This species migrates through China from south to north each spring and summer, often also reaching Korea and Japan. There is almost certainly a "return" movement south in autumn. Armyworm caterpillars frequently cause severe damage to crops (mainly rice and maize) in all three countries. Chinese records indicate that outbreaks of this pest have occurred for hundreds of years. For further information, see Chen et al. 1989, 1995.

The butterfly in the header is a monarch (Danaus plexippus), one of the most remarkable and best studied (though not with radar) of all insect migrants. For further information on the monarch, see the Monarch Watch and Monarchs and Migration sites above.

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Last revised 2001Dec12, by Alistair Drake (