The sub-freezing temperatures breaking records across the country have one group of observers cheering: biologists, many of whom hope that a polar vortex…Read More »
or two will help slow the march of invasive species. The gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) feeds on the leaves of North American hardwood trees and is responsible for destroying many hardwood forests. Low temperatures, however, are lethal to the moths' larvae. Less «
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Emerald ash borer
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has several defenses against cold weather, but even it will succumb to temperatures of minus-30 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 C).
Biologists and health experts expect to see fewer cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses this year, following a long, cold winter with several days of below-freezing weather.
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Southern pine beetle
Credit: Univ. of Florida
Recent mild winters have extended the range of the Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), but the record-breaking cold during the winter of 2013-2014 may stem its march.
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Marc Lallanilla has been a science writer and health editor at About.com and a producer with ABCNews.com. His freelance writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and TheWeek.com. Marc has a Master's degree in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.