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 a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.