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EcoWatch, May 18, 2020: In Florida, Scientists Spot ‘Ultra-Rare’ Blue Bee Feared Extinct

Science, May 20, 2020: A deadly virus is killing wild rabbits in North America

LiveScience, May 20, 2020: High-speed video shows every second of a praying mantis’s lethal strike

NYTimes, Apr. 8, 2020: What’s Wrong With Butterflies Raised in Captivity? A study suggests that monarchs bred by enthusiasts were less fit than those that started as caterpillars in the wild.  

WashingtonPost, Mar. 24, 2020: For more than a decade, butterflies have repeatedly landed on me. I think I’m blessed by the red admiral. 

NYTimes, Mar. 20, 2020: West Coast flocks are going missing. What’s Happening to the Monarch Butterfly Population?    

CNN, Mar. 3, 2020: Pesticides Damage the Brains of Baby Bees, Research Shows

NYTimes, Mar. 2, 2020: Sneezing Dogs, Dancing Bees: How Animals Vote   

WashingPost, Feb. 22, 2020: Welcome Bugs into your yard. You might just save the world.    

The Guardian, Feb. 20, 2020: Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists  

CNN, Feb. 6, 2020: Bumblebees are going extinct because of the climate crisis, but there are easy ways to help

WashingtonPost, Feb. 3, 2020: World’s fireflies threatened by habitat loss and light pollution, experts warn  

CNN, Jan. 21, 2020: The missing link between dinosaurs and birds has been found. ‘Dancing dragon’ feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China 

Nationalgeographic, Jan. 9, 2020: 10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’

Smithsonianmag, Jan. 14, 2020: Like Humans, Grasshoppers Grapple With Gravity’s Effects on Blood Pressure

Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2019: Birds are shrinking. These scientists say it’s a consequence of global warming.

ScienceAlert, Nov. 21, 2019: This Fossil Find of an Ancient ‘Snake With Legs’ Tells an Incredible Story   

NYTimes, Nov. 18, 2019: ‘The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell:’ The bacteria in a bird’s microbiome seems to play an important role in the odoriferous messages it sends to other birds.

BBC, Sept. 15, 2019: Wasps: If you can’t love them, at least admire them  

NYTimes: Tiny and sort of cute, they live nearly everywhere, including our yards.The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’

Huffpost: Here’s why scientists are giving honeybees tiny ‘backpacks

TheGuardian: Seven new frog species discovered in Brazil — they’re smaller than bumblebees!

Nationalgeographic.com: Hollywood’s Hummingbird Rehabber Tells All   

BBC:The Smelliest Animals: Some animals and plants smell plain horrible, making whiffs of excrement or rotting meat. These pongs have proved to be valuable tools

Huffpost.com: Bright Lights Bring More Bad News for Urban Bats

Acoustics.org: These spiders might be “singing” right in your very own yard. Take a listen. Can a Spider Sing?

CNN: Recent studies suggest another alarming addition to the list of threats facing bees—aluminum-laced nectar: Are bees getting dementia?

Huffpost: Uh, oh! We can run, but we can’t hide. From mosquitoes, that is — it’s in our genes!

Thedailybeast, Review of: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. This fascinating book presents an entertaining look at the amazing intelligence of octopuses and the implication that all wildlife might be self-aware. Including those in our own yards.

Huffpost: U.S. Honey Bees are Disappearing Very Quickly, USDA Report Finds

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