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Insect Checklists

None of these lists can be reproduced without written permission from SEG or SBRC.

These lists of Insects (accessed from the menu on the left) initially appeared in Johnston (1999) A Naturalists Shetland T. & A.D. Poyser but they have been updated with additional information.

For some species where enough data exists, a status code is given following Lorimer (unpub.) and Kaaber (1997).

R - Resident – a species which breeds in the islands and can successfully overwinter

RN – Naturalised Resident – a species which has definitely or probably been brought to Shetland by man, but which has since established a viable self-sustaining population

RS – Synanthropous Resident – a species which has definitely or probably been brought to Shetland by man, but which is dependant on man or buildings for survival

M - Immigrant – a species which regularly arrives in the islands from elsewhere, but which cannot overwinter, even if it may occasionally breed

V - Vagrant - a rare immigrant with fewer than 20 records

U - Uncertain – species for which there is not enough data to decide if it is resident or immigrant

X - Errors and presumed errors - placed in square brackets.

AI - Accidental Imports - species only known to have been imported accidentally by man, placed in square brackets as they do not merit a place on the full list

For some species a short statement on distribution and abundance (scarce, frequent, common or abundant) is also given. If a species is recorded from either Foula or Fair Isle this is specifically mentioned, unless the phrase ‘throughout the islands’ is used. This means that the species has been found wherever it has been looked for (including Foula and Fair Isle) but usually excluding Yell, which is very poorly covered. The months in which the adults are most likely to be seen are given at the end of the account.

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