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Billions of Cicadas to Swarm Eastern US

Have earplugs ready as 17-year cicadas 'may amass in millions'

(Newser) - Residents of 15 eastern states and the District of Columbia can experience "a rare wonder of the natural world" this spring—if they can get over the noise. Billions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground for the first time in 17 years in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,...

Monarch Butterfly Count Suggests Extinction Is Near

Only 2K western monarch butterflies were counted in California this winter

(Newser) - The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday. An annual winter count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the millions that clustered in...

How to Fight Back Against the 'Insect Apocalypse'
Earth Is Facing an
'Insect Apocalypse'
NEW STUDY

Earth Is Facing an 'Insect Apocalypse'

1% to 2% of insects disappear annually, but new habitats could help

(Newser) - Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, at a rate of 1% to 2% each year in some parts of the world, according to researchers, who are urging the general public to lend a helping hand. We're already seeing "death by a thousand cuts,"...

Meet the 'Insect of the Year.' It's About to Die

The Danish Mayfly's life cycle is 'unique' among insects

(Newser) - The Danish Mayfly was selected Friday by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame, the AP reports. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few...

VP Debate Has Unexpected Guest, on Pence's Head

A fly hanging out in his hair provided a little levity; folks also worried about his red eye

(Newser) - Two minutes and three seconds. No, that wasn't how long it took moderator Susan Page to rein in the candidates whenever they went over their allotted time. That's how long a clearly noticeable fly remained perched in Mike Pence's closely cropped white hair, offering what People calls...

In This Nation, 'Murder Hornets' Used in Snacks, Drinks, Decor

But don't try what they do in Japan here in the US, scientists warn

(Newser) - Asian giant hornets (aka "murder hornets") may now be scaring people in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, but while they're just as aggressive and dangerous in Japan, people there don't simply fear them: They eat them. The New York Times notes that Japanese gourmands appreciate the...

Most People's 'Worst Nightmare' Has Landed in America

It's called the 'murder hornet,' and here's why

(Newser) - So-called "murder hornets"—with their spiked mandibles and venomous stingers—are not visitors you want to have around. And yet, they're here. The New York Times reports that two Asian giant hornets have been spotted in northwest Washington State and a full hive across the border in...

World's Insect Population Is 'Awfully Alarming'
World's Insect Population
Is 'Awfully Alarming'
new study

World's Insect Population Is 'Awfully Alarming'

Number of land-dwelling bugs is down 27% in last 30 years

(Newser) - The world has lost more than one quarter of its land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years, according to researchers whose big picture study of global bug decline paints a disturbing but more nuanced problem than earlier research. From bees and other pollinators crucial to the world’s food supply...

UN Pleads for Help Amid 'Devastating' Locust Invasion

Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya all overtaken; UN says locust numbers could grow 500 times by June

(Newser) - Last month, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization reported on the plague of locusts that had overtaken Somalia and Ethiopia, and now a new East African nation is being beleaguered by the bugs. The FAO says Kenya is also dealing with an "unprecedented" and "devastating" number of...

Florida's Iconic Palm Trees Are in Trouble

Lethal bronzing is a problem from Jacksonville to the Florida Keys

(Newser) - Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...

Best Place to Keep Luggage in Hotel Room Is a Surprising One
Entomologist:
Keep Your
Luggage
in Hotel Tub
in case you missed it

Entomologist: Keep Your Luggage in Hotel Tub

To avoid bedbugs

(Newser) - Forget about throwing your suitcase into your hotel room's closet—and don't even think about throwing it onto your bed to unpack it. That's what an insect expert tells the Apartment Therapy blog , and the reason may make you cringe: It's to avoid bringing home any...

'It Was Crazy': Swarm Drowns City in Insects

A huge grasshopper migration is freaking out Las Vegas tourists

(Newser) - Been to Vegas lately? Then you know what should stay there: grasshoppers. Spawned by a soggy spring, the latest migration is so widespread that it showed up on a National Weather Service radar. "It looked as though it should be torrentially downpouring in Las Vegas," meteorologist Allison Chinchar...

Big Problem in Alabama: Yellow Jacket 'Super Nests'

It's a bumper year for angry wasps

(Newser) - Last winter was warmer than usual in Alabama, leaving residents facing an unpleasant hazard in summer: Wasps' nest the size of small cars, containing thousands of irritable yellow jackets. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist Charles Ray says this year is on course to be the worst year for "super...

She Thought It Was Dirt in Her Eyes. It Was Bees

Woman had been gardening when the bees flew in, got trapped

(Newser) - Warning, this story may turn you off of gardening forever. A Taiwanese woman was weeding around relatives' graves when a gust of wind blew what she thought was dirt into her eyes. Hours later, with her eyes still swollen and in pain, the 28-year-old went to a hospital, where doctors...

Insects Could Disappear Within a Century
Insects Could Disappear
Within a Century
new study

Insects Could Disappear Within a Century

New global survey provides doomsday warning to world's ecosystem

(Newser) - Insects could completely disappear within the next 100 years, dragging global ecosystems into a catastrophic collapse. The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction , and the first global scientific review points to a grim outlook for the planet's insects, reports the Guardian . Massive declines have already been seen...

Surprise Diagnosis for Honeymooner's Itchy Groin
Surprise Diagnosis
for Honeymooner's
Itchy Groin
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Surprise Diagnosis for Honeymooner's Itchy Groin

Fla. woman carried human botfly larva in skin from Belize

(Newser) - A tiny creature grew inside a Florida woman for two months after her honeymoon in Belize—and no, she wasn't pregnant. Weeks after returning home, the 36-year-old noticed an itchy spot on the left side of her groin and assumed she'd been bitten by an insect, reports Live...

'Most Destructive Species in 150 Years' Is Here for Xmas

But don't worry, unless you're growing crops

(Newser) - Reading media reports about "invasive insects" that could sneak into your home on a friendly Christmas tree? Technically it's true—spotted lanternflies have been seen in four US states and could lay eggs in a tree—but tree-growers say it's rare and the inch-long insects, while possibly...

Scientist: Decline in Forest Insects Is 'Hyperalarming'

Numbers are down 60-fold in parts of Puerto Rico rainforest

(Newser) - The insects are disappearing from an American rainforest—and scientists say the implications are frightening. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that there has been a staggering decline of biomass in Puerto Rico's El Yunque rainforest over the last 35...

Kanye's Dad Beat Cancer. Their Celebratory Meal Was ... Interesting

Bugs?

(Newser) - Kanye West (or "Ye," as he now likes to be called) has been making headlines as of late, stumping for Trump on Saturday Night Live and irritating the likes of Lana Del Rey with his comments on the 13th Amendment. His latest stunt involves a bonding experience with...

Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as...

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