Siteri Tikoca - Institute of Applied Science
Thesis Title: Diversity and Community Structure of Macro-moths (Lepidoptera) in forest habitats
Principal Supervisor: Dr. Gilian Brodie
The aim of this project is to study how macro-moth diversity and distributional patterns are influenced by habitat types and seasonality. Preliminary collection of macro-moths was carried out using three different light trap methods. After an evaluation of these three methods mercury vapour light traps were identified as being the most successful at capturing a high diversity of species. This method will be used for the next stage of the project which aims to measure the diversity of macro-moth fauna across three habitat types; native forest, exotic forest and mixed forest, all occurring at elevations below 400m. Sampling will also be carried out across the wet and dry seasons, to identify the influence of seasonality on macro-moth diversity.