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What’s Up With Bugs In Chicago This Summer?

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach, CA

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From creating healthy soil to pollinating plants, insects play an important role in our environment. But according to scientists, certain populations of bugs that are crucial to human survival are declining. Allen Lawrence, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, talks about the insect populations in and around Chicago, and what we can do to stop their decline and encourage growth.

GUEST: Allen Lawrence, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Museum

LEARN MORE: 

Insect Update: Good News For Monarch Butterflies, Bad News On Gypsy Moths, Japanese Beetles (Daily Herald 7/24/19)

Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

There Are More Fireflies In Chicago Than Usual This Year In Chicago. Here’s Why. (NPR 7/28/19) 

Bugapalooza(Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

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