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Bumble bee on Scarlet Globemallow

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To investigate whether insects could be used as bioindicators of climate change, USGS researchers studied insect community composition along an elevation gradient in semi-arid shrublands of eastern Oregon. Overall, their analyses showed that insect communities respond to weather and local vegetation more than to long-term climate, suggesting that interannual variation in weather, especially air temperature variability, limits insect distribution.


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