May 15

Immediate impact of a hurricane on the structure of a tropical butterfly community: Impact of hurricane on butterflies

Dr Frances Mullany, Georgina Hollands and Dr Jake Snaddon

Biotropica volume 50

First published 15.05.2018



More intense and frequent hurricanes may lead to long-lasting effects to tropical ecosystems. Here we describe the immediate impact on the butterfly community of a lowland forest in Belize, following Hurricane Earl. Species richness and abundance increased post-hurricane, likely driven by convergence of the organisation between the canopy and understory communities.