insects

Compost Bugs: The Good and the Bad

Compost Bugs: The Good and the Bad

Do you ever peer into the compost bin after taking out your kitchen scraps? What do you see (besides your food waste creating rich, beautiful, natural fertilizer)? There are probably a lot of happy creepy-crawlers at work breaking down that green and brown matter, which is exactly what you want to see. But, there might […]

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    Invasive Jumping Earthworms Spotted in California

    Invasive Jumping Earthworms Spotted in California

    What grows up to eight inches long, is dark with a white band, can leap a foot in the air and is the latest threat to California’s forest ecosystems?  The answer is the Asian jumping worm (Amynthas agrestis), a uniquely mobile species of earthworm with an impressive appetite that was sighted in the state for […]

    Flying Insect Numbers Down Almost 60% in UK Car Windscreen Test

    Flying Insect Numbers Down Almost 60% in UK Car Windscreen Test

    Have you observed that the number of insects landing on your car windscreen has decreased over the past decades?  If so, you aren’t alone. Two conservation groups in the UK set out to test the oft-observed “windscreen phenomenon,” and the result was shocking: The number of flying insects landing on British cars fell by almost […]

    Eating Lab-Grown Meat and Insects Could Benefit the Planet

    Eating Lab-Grown Meat and Insects Could Benefit the Planet

    Consuming lab-grown meat and insects could lower carbon emissions and save water, as well as make more land available for nature, a new study has found. The scientists said that, compared with a typical European diet, these diet choices could reduce environmental burdens on the planet by more than 80 percent, BBC News reported. The […]

    Climate Crisis and Big Agriculture Threaten Insects Worldwide

    Climate Crisis and Big Agriculture Threaten Insects Worldwide

    In a balanced ecosystem, every living thing plays an important role. Take away one — trees, for instance — and things start to collapse. Trees provide habitat and food for insects, birds, mammals like koalas, reptiles and other animals, as well as shade and nutrients for the soil from fallen leaves and rotting bark, not […]

    Newly Discovered Millipede Species Named After Taylor Swift

    Newly Discovered Millipede Species Named After Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift has a long list of pop music accolades. Now, one scientist has added to the “Blank Space” on her resume with a newly discovered millipede species named after her. Entomologist Derek Hennen, along with fellow scientists Jackson Means and Paul Marek of Virginia Tech, discovered the millipede, named Nannaria swiftae, along with 16 […]