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

A study estimates a 14 percent decline in ladybugs in the United States and Canada from 1987 to 2006.

  • Published 20 September 2018

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be 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, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant. Scientists think something is amiss, but they can't be certain: In the past,… Read at AP News