Climate change and its effects on terrestrial insects and herbivory patterns

Neotrop Entomol. Mar-Apr 2011;40(2):155-63. doi: 10.1590/s1519-566x2011000200001.


Climate change and extreme weather events affect plants and animals and the direct impact of anthropogenic climate change has been documented extensively over the past years. In this review, I address the main consequences of elevated CO2 and O3 concentrations, elevated temperature and changes in rainfall patterns on the interactions between insects and their host plants. Because of their tight relationship with host plants, insect herbivores are expected to suffer direct and indirect effects of climate change through the changes experienced by their host plants, with consequences to population dynamics, community structure and ecosystem functioning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atmosphere
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Climate Change*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Hot Temperature
  • Insecta / physiology*
  • Ozone
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Volatile Organic Compounds


  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ozone