New York's Insects are the City's Hungry Garbage Disposals

December 2, 2014 3:51 PM

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When you think of New York City, you usually think of large buildings and pavement--not insects. But it turns out that these arthropods play a huge role in the city's ecosystem. Scientists have discovered that insects dispose of garbage in the streets of Manhattan.

The researchers were actually in the middle of a long-term study of urban insects when Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012. In the spring of 2013, the scientists expanded their study to look at whether Sandy had affected the behavior of these insect populations. They sampled insects and millipedes in str...

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