Research on invasive insects (and other terrestrial invertebrates) is seeing an increasing number of contributions from various areas of ecological and evolutionary research such as population genetics, distribution modelling, functional traits and life-history studies. While much of the current understanding of biological invasions is based on studies using plants, vertebrates and other taxa, insects and other terrestrial invertebrates provide important comparisons and tests of established hypotheses. We are proposing a workshop to examine general theory of invasive insects through investigating agricultural pests, biocontrol agents, vectors of human disease and threats to ecosystem function.


We thank the following organisations for their support of this workshop:

Picture credits: (1) Harmonia axyridis image from flickr/Ombrosoparacloucycle used under Creative Commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)". (2) Bactrocera invadens image from flickr/IAEA Imagebank used under Creative Commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)". (3) Vespula germanica image from flickr/bramblejungle used under Creative Commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)".

National Research Foundation Stellenbosch University Centre for Invasion Biology HORTGRO: Supporting the horticultural industry British Ecological Society