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Record number 539817
Title Colors of attraction: Modeling insect flight to light behavior
Author(s) Donners, Maurice; Grunsven, R.H.A. van; Groenendijk, D.; Langevelde, F. van; Bikker, J.; Longcore, Travis; Veenendaal, E.M.
Source Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology 329 (2018)8-9. - ISSN 2471-5638 - p. 434 - 440.
Department(s) Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
Resource Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract Light sources attract nocturnal flying insects, but some lamps attract more insects than others. The relation between the properties of a light source and the number of attracted insects is, however, poorly understood. We developed a model to quantify the attractiveness of light sources based on the spectral output. This model is fitted using data from field experiments that compare a large number of different light sources. We validated this model using two additional datasets, one for all insects and one excluding the numerous Diptera. Our model facilitates the development and application of light sources that attract fewer insects without the need for extensive field tests and it can be used to correct for spectral composition when formulating hypotheses on the ecological impact of artificial light. In addition, we present a tool allowing the conversion of the spectral output of light sources to their relative insect attraction based on this model.
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