“Fireflies Face Extinction Threats From Habitat Loss, Pesticides”

“Add fireflies to the list of insects in massive decline, often called the “insect apocalypse.” That was the broad upshot of a study released today in the publication BioScience.

According to the report, firefly populations face a triple threat posed by rapid development, artificial-light pollution, and pesticides.

“Lots of wildlife species are declining because their habitat is shrinking, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to see that as the biggest threat,” said Sara Lewis, a professor at Tufts University and lead author of the paper.”

Adam Allington reports for Bloomberg Environment February 3, 2020.

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