Journal article

Clean and Green Urban Water Bodies Benefit Nocturnal Flying Insects and Their Predators, Insectivorous Bats

Tanja M Straka, Pia E Lentini, Linda F Lumsden, Sascha Buchholz, Brendan A Wintle, Rodney van der Ree

SUSTAINABILITY | MDPI | Published : 2020


Nocturnal arthropods form the prey base for many predators and are an integral part of complex food webs. However, there is limited understanding of the mechanisms influencing invertebrates at urban water bodies and the potential flow-on effects to their predators. This study aims to: (i) understand the importance of standing water bodies for nocturnal flying insect orders, including the landscape-and local-scale factors driving these patterns; and (ii) quantify the relationship between insects and insectivorous bats. We investigated nocturnal flying insects and insectivorous bats simultaneously at water bodies (n = 58) and non-water body sites (n = 35) using light traps and acoustic recorde..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Awarded by ARC

Funding Acknowledgements

This research project was funded by Albert Shimmins Award, Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant (LP0990359), HolsworthWildlife Research Endowment, MelbourneWater and The Baker Foundation. P.E.L. was funded through the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), and B.A.W. was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT100100819). Funding sources had no intellectual involvement in this study.