Biodiv Sci ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (8): 931-939.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019334

Special Issue: 昆虫多样性与生态功能

• Special Feature: Butterfly Diversity Monitoring • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Influence of human disturbance on butterfly diversity in the Hupingshan National Nature Reserve

Min Deng1,2, Mingwei Liao1,2, Chenbin Wang3, Chengqing Liao1,2, Zujie Kang4, Fangzhou Ma3,*(), Guohua Huang1,2,*()   

  1. 1. College of Plant Protection, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128
    2. Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory for Biology and Control of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Changsha 410128
    3. Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ministry of Ecology and Environment; National Key Laboratory of Biosafety, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing 210042
    4. Administration of Hupingshan National Nature Reserve, Shimen, Hunan 415300
  • Received:2019-10-27 Accepted:2020-04-27 Online:2020-08-20 Published:2020-09-01
  • Contact: Fangzhou Ma,Guohua Huang


In order to understand the impact of human disturbance on butterfly diversity in the Hupingshan National Nature Reserve, we surveyed butterfly abundance in Hupingshan between 2017 and 2018, and analyzed human impacts in the region for the same time period. We compared differences in butterfly assemblages between three different levels of interference: non-interference, mild interference and medium interference. The results showed that of a total of 6,711 individuals observed, which belongs to 5 families, 19 subfamilies, 119 genera, 190 species represented. The highest species diversity was under mild interference, but the lowest diversity was under the medium interference. We conclude that small-scale farming-living environments are conducive to butterfly aggregations. If the existing level of human disturbance or the range of interference is increased, species represented in the butterfly community structure may decrease and the number of dominant species/groups may increase.

Key words: Hupingshan National Nature Reserve, butterfly, community structure, diversity, human disturbance