Dipl.-Biol. Mirko Wölfling


Mirko Wölfling

Research interests

My main interest of research is on diversity and distribution-patterns of macrolepidoptera in mediterranean coastal Pine- and Oakforests.

Pineta san Vitale is a part of the Parco regionale del Delta del Po close to the city Ravenna (Italy). The area is composed by pine- and oakforest, hygrophil forest, wetland and sandy pioneer corridors. Many influences like air-pollution, salinisation and climatic change are impact-factors on this parc.

In my research the focus is on four topics:

  • Analysing the macrolepidoptera as bioindicators of high trophy layer with respect of south-north-gradients in relation to the pollutions of the industry of Ravenna concerning a focus on feeding specialists, guilds and species compositions
  • Diversity and species compositions of Macrolepidoptera in Pineta san Vitale in great historical dimensions scrutinizing old museal collections (Venice, Bagna Cavallo, native private collections) starting in the 1930s in comparison with self sampled newer records from 1997 till today
  • Comparison of zoogeographic species compositions and diversity in small patches of different habitat-types in Pineta san Vitale
  • General extern influences on Pineta san Vitale and their consequences on flora and fauna (lepidoptera).

Other interests:

  • Import and trading of exotic butterflies worldwide
  • Restauration of historic insect-collections and repairing damaged butterflies
  • Variation of colour-pattern in mediterranean Gastropoda and Bivalvia
  • Diversity and distribution of Microshells in the north Adriatic Sea

Other activities:

  • Curator activity for Panometer Leipzig, Panoramaprojekt "The Great Barrier Reef". Responsible for procurement of exhibits and scientiffical advice.
  • Building a high diverse zoological collection with actually >30.000 exhibits (Mamals, Birds, Arthropods, Gastropods etc.) for creation of a Virtual Museum of Natural History
  • Project Panometer Leipzig / Panoramaproject “3´59 Amazonas”. The Insect-Tower: A tower with the topic biodiversity in the accompanying exhibition


  • Wölfling, M., Becker, M.C., Uhl, B., Traub, A. and Fiedler, K. (2016): How differences in behaviour among moth may contribute to sampling bias in light traps. Submitted European Journal of Entomology.

  • Uhl, B., Wölfling, M., Fiala, B., Fiedler, K. (2015): Micro-moth communities mirror environmental stress gradients within a Mediterranean nature reserve. Basic and Applied Ecology: (Online Early). Link to Article

  • Wölfling, M., Rohrhirsch, M., Uhl, B. and Keller, A. (2015): DNA-analyses of Venerupis philippinarum (Adams & Reeve 1850) with a new and constant shell-pattern from Italy, Emilia Romagna. Malacologia: (86) 30-32.

  • Kohnle, A. and Wölfling, M. (2015): Mapping of the wing scale types of Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758) and Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Apollo, N. F. (36) 153-160.

  • Uhl, B., Wölfling, M. (2015). Anthropogenic influences on the condition of Pinus pinea L. and Quercus robur L. in Pineta san Vitale (Ravenna, Italy). Journal of Mediterranean Ecology, 13: 5-12 (Status: Accepted). Link to article

  • Naseem, M., Wölfling, M., Dandekar, T. (2014). Cytokinins for immunity beyond growth, galls and green islands. Trends in Plant Science, 19 (8): 481 - 484. Link to article

  • Uhl, B., Wölfling, M. (2013). New record of the invasive pest species Cydalima perspectalis (WALKER, 1859) in Emilia Romagna (Italy) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae, Spilomelinae). Apollo, 34 (1/2): 91 - 93.

  • Kohnle, A., Wölfling, M. (2012). Number of wing scales in normal sized exemplars and dwarf forms of Inachis io LINNAEUS, 1758 and Argynnis paphia LINNAEUS, 1758 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 6:277-281.

  • Wölfling, M., Rostas, M. (2009). Parasitoids use chemical footprints to track down caterpillars. Communicative and Integrative Biology 2:1-3. Link to article

  • Rostas, M., Wölfling, M. (2009). Caterpillar Footprints as Host Location Kairomones for Cotesia marginiventris: Persistence and Chemical Nature. J. Chem. Ecol. 35:20-27. Link to article