Entomologist Carl J. Drake spent his life studying bugs. When he died in 1965, he left his life savings and his vast insect collection to the Smithsonian. But now Drake’s will has become something of a pest.
Our mild winter may have helped area plants and trees bloom faster, but it could come at a price for every place from gardens to farms.
As a warm winter gives way to an early spring, it’s not just flowers popping up. It’s bugs.
Insect experts say this year’s warm winter means bugs are getting an early start. University of Maryland entomology professor Mike Raupp says insects are cold-blooded and they come out earlier when there is a warm winter.
An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.
Scientists confronting the brown marmorated stink bug hope to get an emergency exemption by August that would allow apple and peach growers to use an insecticide currently banned from orchards.