The effects of environmental warming on Odonata: a review

Christopher Hassall, David J. Thompson
  • International Journal of Odonatology, October 2008, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13887890.2008.9748319

What is it about?

This paper is a review of the literature looking at the ecology and evolution of Odonata in the context of climate change. A number of areas are discussed including distributional changes, phenological shifts, evolutionary responses, the effects of drought and the physiological effects of temperature.

Why is it important?

A large amount of work has been carried out on the influence of temperature on the biology of Odonata over the past 50-60 years. This has come from a variety of loosely-related fields and our review brings this together to provide an overview of the state-of-play concerning our understanding of the topic.


Dr Christopher Hassall
University of Leeds

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) are thought to have evolved in the tropics and possess a number of adaptations that allow them to exist at higher latitudes. This makes them interesting to investigate in the context of climate change, since these adaptations might facilitate a response to increasing temperatures.

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