Bye Bye Bugs? Scientists Fear Non-Pest Insects are Declining

An albino ladybug in Minnetonka. Photo: KSTP/Anne Malloy
An albino ladybug in Minnetonka.

September 20, 2018 02:32 PM

A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be more a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.

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