An Indicator Species of Global Warming in Bulgaria

Authors

  • Gergana Zaemdzhikova Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Ivailo Markoff Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Plamen Mirchev Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7546/CRABS.2022.01.08

Keywords:

Thaumetopoea pityocampa, pine processionary moth, habitat shift, summer populations, aspect, altitude

Abstract

The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) is one of the main pests in pine forests and an indicator species for global warming. Its expansion in Europe is considered one of the signals for changing climate. While other countries in the species range have a Mediterranean or oceanic climate, Bulgaria has a predominantly continental climate, which allows to see the pine processionary in a different light. For example, in Bulgaria, climate change is not causing expansion, but rather a habitat shift.

Author Biographies

Gergana Zaemdzhikova, Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
132, Kliment Ohridski Blvd, 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
zaem.bg@abv.bg

Ivailo Markoff, Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
132, Kliment Ohridski Blvd, 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
imarkoff@abv.bg

Plamen Mirchev, Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
132, Kliment Ohridski Blvd, 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
plmirchev@hotmail.com

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Published

02-02-2022

How to Cite

[1]
G. Zaemdzhikova, I. Markoff, and P. Mirchev, “An Indicator Species of Global Warming in Bulgaria ”, C. R. Acad. Bulg. Sci. , vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 62–70, Feb. 2022.

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Biology