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Old 02-19-2019, 08:22 AM   #1
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Polar Vortex killed off a lot of bugs

Came across a news article about this severe cold killing a lot of invasive species, which is good. Some mentioned were the bark beetle and some kind of termite. I just hope that it didn't kill off native species that we actually need.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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Came across a news article about this severe cold killing a lot of invasive species, which is good. Some mentioned were the bark beetle and some kind of termite. I just hope that it didn't kill off native species that we actually need.
Probably like Chemo where it kills off everything.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:51 AM   #3
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Not really, many insects are able to withstand severe cold conditions.
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Not specifically about the polar vortex, but this is relevant:

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

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The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.
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Not specifically about the polar vortex, but this is relevant:

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
The die-offs and other reductions to bee populations should be very, very concerning.
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The die-offs and other reductions to bee populations should be very, very concerning.
They should be, but we'll just wait it out until agriculture collapses.
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I try to avoid posting links because looking up stuff involves critical thinking, and limits the "OWE MAI GAWD, YOU JUST POSTED A LINK FROM (insert news source you don't agree with here)."

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Came across a news article about this severe cold killing a lot of invasive species, which is good. Some mentioned were the bark beetle and some kind of termite. I just hope that it didn't kill off native species that we actually need.
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I try to avoid posting links because looking up stuff involves critical thinking, and limits the "OWE MAI GAWD, YOU JUST POSTED A LINK FROM (insert news source you don't agree with here)."

Yup, just checked. Google is still working.
Cause you know every good thread starts with a link and deteriorates from there. God forbid we have a conversation without a link to lambast the OP with!

I’m not too worried as this sort of thing happens a lot. Think about cicadas that are underground for something to the tune of 15 years while the hybernate.
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Same with Copy and Paste...last I checked, it's still working. And yes it is easier than Google.

To commend the OP, yes I am also worried that the recent cold might kill off a lot.of.bugs, so there.
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If the bugs are frozen out of existence and it's the beginning of the end could we have at least one year with zero mosquitoes before its all over? Is that asking too much? I found out that if the yellow jackets are plentiful the mosquitoes are fewer but those darn yellow jackets eat too much hamburger to keep them around.

I went to turn over any buckets that had any water in them to stop the skeeters from growing but the water was frozen solid so thats out. If I turn the buckets over the cats can't drink the rain water and that really creates a problem because then they screw around with the drip irrigation. Then the pears don't get enough water and everything goes downhill from there.

We need the bugs, our lives depend on them. Ok, just not the mosquitoes. Or the bark beetles.
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