List of vulnerable insects

As of July 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists 608 vulnerable insect species.[1] 10% of all evaluated insect species are listed as vulnerable. The IUCN also lists 15 insect subspecies as vulnerable.

1 extinct in the wild insect species (0.02%)195 critically endangered insect species (3.3%)343 endangered insect species (5.7%)608 vulnerable insect species (10%)301 near threatened insect species (5.0%)2843 least concern insect species (47%)1702 data deficient insect species (28%)Circle frame.svg
Insect species (IUCN, 2016.1)
  • 5993 extant species have been evaluated
  • 4291 of those are fully assessed[a]
  • 3144 are not threatened at present[b]
  • 1146 to 2848 are threatened[c]
  • 59 to 105 are extinct or extinct in the wild:
    • 58 extinct (EX) species[d]
    • 1 extinct in the wild (EW)
    • 46 possibly extinct [CR(PE)]
    • 0 possibly extinct in the wild [CR(PEW)]

  1. ^ excludes data deficient evaluations.
  2. ^ NT, LR/cd, LC.
  3. ^ Threatened comprises CR, EN and VU. Upper estimate additionally includes DD.
  4. ^ Chart omits extinct (EX) species
Vulnerable (VU) species are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

No subpopulations of insects have been evaluated by the IUCN.

For a species to be assessed as vulnerable to extinction the best available evidence must meet quantitative criteria set by the IUCN designed to reflect "a high risk of extinction in the wild". Endangered and critically endangered species also meet the quantitative criteria of vulnerable species, and are listed separately. See: List of endangered insects, List of critically endangered insects. Vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species are collectively referred to as threatened species by the IUCN.

Additionally 1702 insect species (28% of those evaluated) are listed as data deficient, meaning there is insufficient information for a full assessment of conservation status. As these species typically have small distributions and/or populations, they are intrinsically likely to be threatened, according to the IUCN.[2] While the category of data deficient indicates that no assessment of extinction risk has been made for the taxa, the IUCN notes that it may be appropriate to give them "the same degree of attention as threatened taxa, at least until their status can be assessed."[3]

This is a complete list of vulnerable insect species and subspecies as evaluated by the IUCN.

FliesEdit

PlecopteraEdit

NotopteraEdit

OrthopteraEdit

There are 137 species in the order Orthoptera assessed as vulnerable.

CricketsEdit

AcrididsEdit

StenopelmatidsEdit

TettigoniidsEdit

RhaphidophoridsEdit

PhaneropteridsEdit

Other Orthoptera speciesEdit

HymenopteraEdit

There are 155 species in the order Hymenoptera assessed as vulnerable.

AntsEdit

ColletidsEdit

MelittidsEdit

ApidsEdit

MegachilidsEdit

MantisesEdit

LepidopteraEdit

Lepidoptera comprises moths and butterflies. There are 128 species and ten subspecies in the order Lepidoptera assessed as vulnerable.

LasiocampidsEdit

Swallowtail butterfliesEdit

LycaenidsEdit

NymphalidsEdit

Species

Subspecies

SkippersEdit

PieridsEdit

BeetlesEdit

There are 50 beetle species assessed as vulnerable.

DytiscidsEdit

Longhorn beetlesEdit

ScarabaeidsEdit

Other beetle speciesEdit

OdonataEdit

Odonata includes dragonflies and damselflies. There are 129 species and five subspecies in the order Odonata assessed as vulnerable.

ChlorogomphidsEdit

ChlorocyphidsEdit

PlatycnemididsEdit

MegapodagrionidsEdit

GomphidsEdit

Species

Subspecies

CoenagrionidsEdit

Species

Subspecies

AeshnidsEdit

LibellulidsEdit

Other Odonata speciesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IUCN Red List version 2016.1". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Limitations of the Data". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "2001 Categories & Criteria (version 3.1)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Retrieved 11 January 2016.