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Data from: Introduced plants as novel Anthropocene habitats for insects

Citation

Padovani, Roberto et al. (2019), Data from: Introduced plants as novel Anthropocene habitats for insects, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1vhhmgqp4

Abstract

Insect-plant interactions from an extensive field experiment spanning several years (2010-2016), which examined the insects sampled from 69 garden plant species that vary in their relatedness to the native flora of Great Britain. The 69 plant species were organised into 23 species triplets, with a third of the plots containing a mixture of native plant species, a third containing a mixture of non-native species closely related to the natives (‘congeners’), and the remaining third of the plots containing a mixture of distantly or unrelated ‘exotic’ plant species from the southern Hemisphere. Pollinators were identified in situ, whereas frozen Vortis suction samples were identified in the laboratory. All insect taxa were identified to as close to species level as possible. For further information please see Padovani et al. (2019).

Usage Notes

Excel spreadsheet with seven tabs of data.

"Pollinator Summary Data" details insect pollinator richness and abundance per plant species, in addition to various plant traits. "Pollinator Abundances" reports the abundance of each pollinator taxon on each plant species. "Pollinator Interaction Matrix" represents the same information as "Pollinator Abundances", but in a matrix format.

"Vortis Summary Data" details suction-sampled insect richness and abundance per plant species, in addition to various plant traits. "Vortis Abundances" reports the abundance and feeding type of each suction-sampled insect taxon on each plant species. "Vortis Interaction Matrix" represents the same abundance information from "Vortis Abundances", but in a ready to analyse matrix format.

Descriptions of column headings are provided on the "Variable Definitions" tab.

Funding

NERC, Award: NE/L0024501/1