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Colorado’s strong 2019 snowpack decreased bark beetle impact on trees

GRAND JUNCTION — Abundant Colorado snowpack helped reduce 2019 bark beetle activity impacting trees, but the following wet spring contributed to tree defoliation, a new report said. The findings were part of an annual U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service aerial survey evaluating forest health impacts from insects and disease, The Daily Sentinel reports. […]

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A Western Colorado professor’s mosquito book created so much buzz that it brought him to tears

GRAND JUNCTION — Timothy Winegard has plastic mosquitoes stuck on his office door. Books about mosquitoes are packed onto more than one shelf above his desk. A file box, Sharpie-marked “mosquitoes,” sits beside his desk. Mosquito-related events crowd his computer calendar. And mosquito messages clog his email. So, is this Colorado Mesa University assistant history […]

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In a shifting climate for research, Colorado State hosts a museum teeming with bugs — and that’s a good thing

FORT COLLINS — Amid a campus in metamorphosis, tucked in the basement space of a building that stands in the shadow of Colorado State University’s sparkling football stadium, Boris Kondratieff nurtures a collection of common and exceptional creatures — some that have been in residence since before statehood. The C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, […]

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How a small Colorado town fought the Japanese beetle and won

PALISADE — In 2003, Brant Harrison needed a project. The Palisade peach grower was part of an agricultural leadership program and needed something good. Around the same time, he attended a meeting hosted by Colorado State University about a new insect found in the area: Japanese beetles. They’d found a few in 2002.  “The next […]

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Changes were made to water flow out of the Glen Canyon Dam. And that led to more bugs in the Colorado River.

By Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: “It’s buggy out there.” That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects […]