Review and Progress
The Dietary Diversity of Holometabolous Insects and the Construction of Food Webs
Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, China
Molecular Entomology, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 7 doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0007
Received: 18 Sep., 2023 Accepted: 24 Sep., 2023 Published: 28 Sep., 2023
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Guo T.X., 2023, The dietary diversity of holometabolous insects and the construction of food webs, 14(7): 1-8 (doi: 10.5376/me.2023.14.0007)
The concept of food webs, as a core principle in ecology, reveals the interrelationships and interactions among populations. This article explores the dietary adaptations and roles of holometabolous insects within food webs, along with their connection to the stability of these networks. Initially, the life cycle and morphological changes of holometabolous insects are described, analyzing their diverse roles as both predators and prey within food webs. Subsequently, the concept of food webs, their construction methods, and the unique position of holometabolous insects within them are elucidated, emphasizing their influence on ecological balance. Following this, the concept of stability within food webs, the significance of elasticity and resilience, and the threats posed by human activities, such as habitat destruction and climate change, are discussed. Finally, trends in future food web research are presented, including interdisciplinary collaboration and systematic studies. Simultaneously, a call is made for reinforcing protective measures to safeguard holometabolous insects and the entirety of food webs, maintaining ecological equilibrium and biodiversity stability.
Food webs; Dietary adaptations; Stability; Protective measures; Biodiversity