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The murder hornet hunters of Paris

And other tales of hives and honeybees in the City of Light.
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More murder hornet nests suspected after first on US soil eradicated

Scientists removed 98 so-called murder hornets from a nest discovered near the Canadian border in Washington state over the weekend, including 13 that were captured live in a net, the state agriculture department said.

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Mountain butterflies 'will have to be relocated as habitats get too hot'

The diversity and resilience of cold-loving butterfly species is threatened by global heating which will destroy genetically unique populations, according to a study.

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Will putting honey bees on public lands threaten native bees?

Commercial beekeepers are increasingly moving their hives to U.S. public lands. But scientists warn that the millions of introduced honey bees pose a risk to native species, outcompeting them for pollen and altering fragile plant communities.

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Here be dragonflies, thriving in Britain as never before

Climate change has encouraged a wave of insect migrants from across the Channel. Should we celebrate or fear for the future?
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Disease-bearing ticks thrive as climate change heats up US

Cases of Lyme disease, a potentially debilitating condition primarily transmitted by black-legged ticks, have doubled over the past two decades to about 30,000 cases a year in the US.

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Toxics

Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.
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Toxics

Germany plans to dim lights at night to save insects

Germany is planning to ban floodlights from dusk for much of the year as part of its bid to fight a dramatic decline in insect populations.

Toxics

'Murder hornet' mania reveals dangers of fearing insects and spiders

In the U.S., a culturally rooted animosity and ignorance toward bugs can be harmful to both them and us.
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Toxics

Lead from Notre-Dame fire discovered in Parisian beehives

University of British Columbia researchers Kate Smith and Dominique Weis and a team of scientists found that honey from hives downwind of Notre-Dame had lead concentrations on average four times higher than samples collected in nearby suburbs, and up to three and a half times higher than the typical amount for Parisian beehives before the fire.

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Toxics

Halve UK pesticide use to save insects, say conservationists

The use of pesticides in the UK must be at least halved to reverse steep losses in insect abundance and boost the natural world that depends on them, according to a report.

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Biodiversity

‘Murder hornets’: race to protect North America's honeybees from giant invader

Scientists and apiarists fear that, if permitted to spread unchecked, the hornets, which feast on honeybee larvae, could have disastrous consequences for tens of thousands of hives.

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Biodiversity

Stuck at home, scientists discover 9 new insect species

Without a DNA sequencer, two Los Angeles entomologists relied on two of biology’s oldest tools: microscopes and lots of free time.
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Biodiversity

Plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida gets go-ahead

A plan to release a horde of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas is a step closer to fruition after a state regulator approved the idea, over the objections of many environmentalists.

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