Royal Society takes swat at bug reintroduction

You’ve probably heard about reintroducing wolves and bears into the wild, but how about insects? Well believe it or not, Scotland’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is advocating a reintroduction of insects, and it’s creating, dare we say, quite a buzz. The critters the society is seeking to locate include the dark bordered beauty moth, short haired bumblebee, field cricket, and the pine hoverfly, a bug that only breeds in rotting hollow tree stumps. The Royal Society has successfully reintroduced birds in the past, but its spokesmen say that insect re-introductions are proving to be an entirely different animal, especially when it comes to monitoring. Time will tell how this first swat at bug reintroduction fares!

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Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.