Influence of Extreme Weather Events on Insects in Hungary

  • J. Puskás
  • L. Nowinszky
  • É. Nagy
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)


We investigated the influence of extreme weather events (thunderstorms and precipitation) on light-trap catch of European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hbn.) in Hungary. There were 560 thunderstorms in the afternoon and 222 at night during the examined period (between 1974 and 1990). The thunderstorms were determined according to the information of Daily Weather Report published by Hungarian Meteorological Service. According to our results if the thunderstorm is in the afternoon, the individuals of the European corn borer already fly in great number to the light-trap at previous night and if the thunderstorm is at night, the catching result is better at the same night. We also examined the influence of daily extreme precipitation (more than 50 mm). The seven investigated years were: 1980, 1982, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The light-trap catch of European corn borer was significantly lower on those nights when the precipitation was 50 mm or more at the environment of light-trap station. In both cases we used t-test to ascertain whether differences were significant in the examinations. Our results proved there are different influences on insects at the time of extreme weather events.


Extreme Precipitation Extreme Weather Event Flood Damage Trap Catch European Corn Borer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Environmental SciencesUniversity of West HungarySzombathelyHungary
  2. 2.Geomed LtdSzombathelyHungary

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