Museum, University of Nebraska State


Date of this Version

June 2002


Published in Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 28 (2002), pp. 29–47. Copyright 2002 Brett C. Ratcliffe and Paul C. Hammond.


The principal plant biomes in Nebraska are briefly reviewed. The relationships of insects, particularly scarab beetles and butterflies, to these biomes are discussed, especially as it relates to their distributions. Human-induced alteration of habitat has significantly influenced the present distributions of both plants and insects relative to their historical distributions at the time of Euro-american colonization of Nebraska in the mid-1800s. Examples of range expansion or contraction are presented for exemplar taxa of scarab beetles and butterflies

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