A new study from Exeter University looks at insect migrations and the pollinator services they provide.
1-4 billion hoverflies migrate into and out of southern Britain each year. Despite the fact that these migratory insects help control pest species (such as aphids) and provide important pollination ecosystem services, migratory flies do not receive anywhere close to the same attention within research as migratory vertebrates such as birds, whales and turtles. An Exeter University study on insect migration is addressing this knowledge gap.
Will Hawkes is an insect migration scientist from North Wales, based at the University of Exeter. He travels to insect migration hotspots around the world to study this most remarkable of natural phenomena.