In the literature

Macgregor, C.J., Evans, D.M. and Pocock, M.J.O. (2017) Estimated sampling completeness of interactions in quantitative bipartite ecological networks: incorporating variation in species’ specialisation. bioRxiv

Macgregor, C.J., Hoare, D.J., Parsons, M.S. and Lewis, O.T. (2017) Host-plant patch qualities and presence of a likely competitor species affect the distribution and abundance of a rare British moth, Cucullia lychnitis. Journal of Insect Conservation.


EcolNetSymp15image_cropMacgregor, C.J., Evans, D.M., Fox, R. and Pocock, M.J.O. (2016) The dark side of street lighting: impacts on moths and evidence for the disruption of nocturnal pollen transport. Global Change Biology. poster to view.


BOU-BES poster 2014 image_cropMacgregor, C.J., Pocock, M.J.O., Fox, R. and Evans, D.M. (2015) Pollination by nocturnal Lepidoptera, and the effects of light pollution: a review. Ecological Entomology40, 187-198. Click poster to view.

Selected recent conference presentations

British Ecological Society 2016 Annual Meeting: Nocturnal pollinator networks & molecular methods.

Royal Entomological Society 2016 Annual Meeting: Street lighting & moth-pollination bioassay.

Future 4 Butterflies (Wageningen, Netherlands): Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination.

National Moth Recorders’ Meeting 2016: Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination (invited speaker).

British Ecological Society 2015 Annual Meeting: Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination. Runner-up, Anne Keymer Prize for Best Student Talk.

International Dark-sky Association 2015 AGM (Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.): Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination (invited speaker, international meeting).

2nd International Symposium on Ecological Networks: Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination (poster).

Royal Entomological Society 2015 Annual Meeting (Dublin, Ireland): Impacts of street lighting on moths & pollination.

Open data

Macgregor, C.J.; Evans, D.M.; Fox, R.; Pocock, M.J.O. (2016). Moth abundance and pollen transport from lit and unlit matched pairs of arable field margins in south-east England. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.

Writing in the news

Channel-hopping moth plague: our clothes are safe, but mind the cabbages.” The Conversation, 16th June 2016.

“Fatal attraction: how street lights prevent moths from pollinating.” The Conversation, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lights alter moth activity.” Butterfly Conservation blog, 2nd June 2016.

“Three Steps to Save Britain’s Butterflies.” IFLScience, 17th August 2015.

“Moths should be loved, not loathed. Only a couple are after your clothes.” Guardian Comment Network, 22nd December 2014.

Press coverage

“Distracted while pollinating: the hidden danger of artificial light.” Conservation Magazine, 7th June 2016.

“Moths face street peril.” The Times, 2nd June 2016. p20.

“Street lights lure moths away from gardens, say scientists.” The Guardian, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lights are preventing moths from doing their job.” Popular Science, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lights distract moths from pollinating plants, scientists warn.” The Independent, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lights are leading moths astray, say Newcastle University experts.” Chronicle Live, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lights lure moths away from pollinating plants.” Tech Times, 2nd June 2016.

“Street lighting disrupts pollinating moths.” Newcastle University press release, 2nd June 2016.

“Like a moth to a street light.” University of Hull press release.

“What do street lights do to moths?” Planet Earth Online.