The Chinese mother-driving bug, according to one new study, has been spreading across Asia.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus used satellite imagery to study how many of the world’s 100 most populous countries are home to at least one of the mother-driven moth species.
The researchers found that some countries have more than 100 species of mother-drivers, including the moth called the persian.
There are around 40 species of this moth in the world, with the most common being the brown moth.
“This is the first time we have seen an analysis of species distribution using satellite imagery, and it was really quite fascinating,” said lead author and University of Ontario Scarborough entomologist David Ehrlich.
For the study, Ehrliche used the data from the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the Global Monitoring and Analysis System (GMAARS), a program operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
NCEASH also tracks the global distribution of mother moths.
The program has a team of scientists and analysts that analyse satellite imagery from around the world to figure out the distribution of moths in relation to the climate.
NIEAS also collects and analyses the moths’ geographic distribution, as well as their genetic diversity.
It was a bit of a shock to see that some Asian countries have quite a lot of mother drivers, said Ehrleich.
Most of the other countries were fairly stable, but the countries that are very much changing, such as India and Pakistan, are really changing very rapidly.
Ehrlich said he expects the study to lead to new species and more detailed maps.
This kind of research is going to be extremely important for the future of insect research and, in the long term, this will have a significant impact on understanding how the species is distributed and how we can better protect them.
Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Time: 12:03 UTC | More stories from Australia