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VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

timothy posted about 2 months ago | from the literal-not-metaphoric-ones dept.

Earth 112

barlevg writes "Each fall, a team led by Virginia Tech Professor of Entomology Thomas Kuhar gathers brown marmorated stink bugs from around campus and plops them into ventilated and insulated five-gallon buckets designed to simulate the habitats in which the bugs naturally wait out the winter. While previous lab tests have shown the insects capable of surviving chills of -20 C, last month's polar vortex proved too much for the little guys, with only 5% surviving the sustained cold conditions. This suggests that the DC area's population of stink bugs and other overwintering insects should be much lower come spring than in previous years."

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Hurray? (3, Funny)

kylemonger (686302) | about 2 months ago | (#46309171)

Who's in favor of more stinkbugs in the spring?

Re:Hurray? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309189)

Loss of one species in an environment can have enormous ripple effects. I don't know what stinkbugs eat or what eats stinkbugs but I'm sure something does. Those impacts go both up and down.

Re:Hurray? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309219)

They are an invasive species that was accidentally introduced in 1998.

But I don't know enough about them to say that they haven't filled some gap left by the disappearance of another species, heavily predated another species, or drawn more birds/whatever to the area than will be able to be supported by the environment without stinkbugs.

This is "good" news due to the whole invasive species thing, though, we'll just have to see if it has any other effects. Though, as an invasive species. I'm not sure that they've been reduced to a low enough level to actually be wiped out; if they're still lacking successful competition, as you would expect since it's been less than 20 years, they will probably bounce right back. (barring further strange weather that eliminates them more completely)

Re:Hurray? (5, Interesting)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 2 months ago | (#46309345)

They destroy fruit crops and try to survive through the winter by invading houses. I think I've found one flying around my house just about every week this winter. I read about a house around here that they estimated had 25, 000 of them in it.

They have no natural predators in the US. The only thing I've seen eat them is my dog. Which would be funny, except he's a 95 pound Doberman and scratches the hell out of my hardwood floors jumping and chasing after them.

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309387)

Yep, just saw one in NY State.... 2 days ago, after several snowstorms, and many days below freezing.

They aren't going anywhere. We may get a bit of a respite, but they are major pests. Luckily they are slow and easy to fool and coax on to a newspaper and just throw them outside. Just be careful not to kill them or scare them or they will stink up a storm.

Re: Hurray? (1)

samkass (174571) | about 2 months ago | (#46310749)

Yeah, I saw my first stink bug in months in my bathroom yesterday, right after hearing about this news. Amusing. I doubt there will be noticeably less of them in the spring.

Re:Hurray? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 months ago | (#46312431)

The only thing I've seen eat them is my dog.

I've read that as "The only thing I've seen them eat is my dog" and I thought, now *that* is an invasive species to my liking!

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46311119)

The invasive species of stinkbugs in Washington, D.C. was introduced about 1776.

jr

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46312015)

That sounds a little off. I was dealing with stink bugs in the Maryland/DC area in the late 1980s.

Re:Hurray? (1)

Bodero (136806) | about 2 months ago | (#46309223)

Loss of one species in an environment can have enormous ripple effects.

FTFA, Stinkbugs were first observed in the US in 1998.

Re:Hurray? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309239)

Politicians eat stinkbugs, so if their food supply is reduced, their species may become extinct. I fear this occurrence may place an undue period of elevated happiness and prosperity upon this great nation so we must protect the stinkbugs, and by extension Politicians at all costs.

Re:Hurray? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309697)

Politicians eat stinkbugs

I KNEW they were cannibals!

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310199)

We call those things cedar bugs over here, and we didn't get any polar vortex.

At best, it just means less of them. At worst it means one less reason for woodpeckers to drill holes in peoples houses looking for them.

Re:Hurray? (2)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 2 months ago | (#46310313)

Woodpeckers don't eat them. Nothing does in North America. The species in question is an invasive species from Asia with no natural predators here. They are also highly destructive to fruit crops.

Re:Hurray? (3, Interesting)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 2 months ago | (#46309227)

It Houston, we love the years when we have at least two hard freezes separated by at least a week. It drastically cuts down on the mosquitoes the next summer. This year we had three good ones so summer should be much more pleasant at night.

Re:Hurray? (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about 2 months ago | (#46309307)

Hopefully less fleas too.

On the article- if 5% did manage to survive- then there is your natural selection in action.

Their offspring will probably be more able to survive freezes.

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309559)

Good luck with that. The worse mosquitos I've ever experiences were in Alaska and Minnesota. Not exactly mild-winter climates...

Re: Hurray? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309671)

Mosquitoes survive winters well. What they don't survive well is cold snaps once they've come out thinking spring has come. We had one here in Sweden a few years ago, and the following summer was pleasantly low in mosquitoes. In comparison, last winter was very cold (-30ÂC for many days), but spring came without a hitch and we were inundated with mosquitoes. The large amount of snow melting helped getting conditions nice and swampy for the little bastards.

Re: Hurray? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 2 months ago | (#46310787)

Depends. Overall I think you are correct. I seem to remember one season in Houston where we had a bad outbreak of mosquitos because they hatched near the coast and migrated N and NW. Last I checked, the coast rarely if ever falls below freezing even if Houston does. The Gulf of Mexico holds a lot of thermal energy throughout the winter to keep the air above it relatively warm.

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309659)

No, it's not. In a few years they'll be breeding out of control.

Re:Hurray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310779)

Who's in favor of more stinkbugs in the spring?

 

The stinkbug lobby is.

Oh great! (2)

Dorianny (1847922) | about 2 months ago | (#46309187)

Oh great now there will be nothing to cover the stench of the politicians in congress.

Re:Oh great! (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | about 2 months ago | (#46309211)

I've killed dozens of stinkbugs, and I never smelled anything. But maybe I'm inured to the odor of nearby Washington...

Re:Oh great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310001)

That's because your living space smells more and "drowns out" the smell the bugs emit. You're just used to the smell of your space, which is why you can't tell the difference.

You think I'm joking. I assure you I am not. Your friends would back me up, if they were honest with you which, of course, they are not.

Re:Oh great! (1)

luckymutt (996573) | about 2 months ago | (#46311129)

It could be that they were not stinkbugs you were killing. It could have been Coreidae, or squash bugs. They are in the same Infraorder and look similar.

Re:Oh great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309233)

You underestimate how much damage the president and both parties can do, even whilst covered in stink bugs.

Re:Oh great! (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 months ago | (#46309303)

I was going to say that there will still be plenty of stinkbugs in Congress, but yours is better.

What about the other vermin in DC? (2)

fsagx (1936954) | about 2 months ago | (#46309193)

All the breathless Polar Vortex talk reminds me of yesteryear when the local TV weather people discovered the big, bad "El Nino."

Re:What about the other vermin in DC? (2)

hey! (33014) | about 2 months ago | (#46309399)

You make it sound like introducing new ideas to the public is somehow morally dubious.

The El Niño/Southern Oscillation was described some eighty years ago, but it was relatively obscure stuff until there was a big uptick in scientific interest in the mid-80s. Researchers began to realize that this phenomenon had huge, predictable consequences on weather across the globe. I remember because my wife was a grad student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at the time. It's not surprising that it takes twenty years or so for an idea that's caught on in the scientific community to enter the public consciousness. Not as many people subscribe to Science News as should.

Re:What about the other vermin in DC? (1)

stoploss (2842505) | about 2 months ago | (#46310299)

You seem to be missing the point about how the public misinterprets and overattributes things to "teh new hotness".

Every thunderstorm is a derecho now, all hot summer days are global warming, El Nino... well, let's just leave it at the Chris Farley skit on SNL, "superstorms", and now any two sequential days around -18 C will be termed a polar vortex. Hell, and these are just *weather* terminology examples.

Frankly, I'm surprised you aren't a little more miffed about the ambiguity the public injects into what were previously precisely defined terms. Yes, the precise definition will probably remain in the scientific journals, but communicating in common discourse will become more difficult.

I'm not proposing restricting information, but rather pointing out that introducing new ideas is a double-edged sword.

Re:What about the other vermin in DC? (1)

gtall (79522) | about 2 months ago | (#46310821)

Yep, it is great how the press picks up on argot. Remember "ordnance" during the first Gulf War, and "spider hole" during the second. Then there was "starey decisis" during (I think it was) the Robert's Supreme Court confirmation. Once the press gloms on to a new phrase, we want to shoot the next reporter uttering it.

The benefits of good cold winters (3, Insightful)

StefanJ (88986) | about 2 months ago | (#46309235)

I sometimes hear the effects of climate change blown off with glib remarks about longer growing seasons.

The truth is, good hard winters are good for certain types of agriculture. Freezing and thawing churns up the soil. Hard frosts kill off weeds and pests.

Now we have another data point.

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (4, Informative)

hey! (33014) | about 2 months ago | (#46309467)

True, but global warming doesn't mean we won't have good, hard winters. Sometimes we'll have them in places where such winters were seldom seen previously.

The reason that "climate change" is a better term than "global warming" is that "global warming" seems to conjure up a spurious picture where everywhere on the Earth is going to get noticeably hotter. In reality we're talking about *global averages* going up a degree or two at most over the next couple of decades. That's not much temperature-wise. A one degree change uniformly applied across the globe wouldn't close many ski resorts, for example, or make it nice to swim in the Gulf of Maine.

The real issue is that degree of average temperature increase across the globe represents a huge total addition of energy to the atmosphere. That in turn means that what previously would have been anomalous weather will become more common: hotter OR colder than normal; wetter or drier; longer or shorter seasons than previously experienced. These changes will put stress on plants, animals and human communities to adapt. A February cold snap might be a good thing for a New England apple orchard, but it's lousy for a Florida orange grove.

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (1)

matt3k (751292) | about 2 months ago | (#46309647)

What am I, a damn farmer? I'm here for facebooks and applepads! Right?

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (1)

riverat1 (1048260) | about 2 months ago | (#46309711)

You may not be a damned farmer but you ought to care about things that affect them since you are entirely dependent on the things they produce for the food you eat and some other things as well.

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (1)

matt3k (751292) | about 2 months ago | (#46309743)

My Semi-auto Snark sights must of been off, I was aiming at Slashdot. Good day, and sorry about the graze.

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (1)

riverat1 (1048260) | about 2 months ago | (#46309793)

Nevermind.

Re:The benefits of good cold winters (2)

matt3k (751292) | about 2 months ago | (#46309841)

Sure? I suppose, though I think I see what's transpiring. You're at the lectern trying to provide me important information and I''m at the local comedy club, on Amateur Night, *horribly bombing*. Anyways, let me know how much I need to Nevermind, later.

decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309265)

Come on...

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 2 months ago | (#46309327)

Come on...

I thought 'decimate' meant to append extraneous punctuation to a statement...

Eg: It would be decimating if I told you, "Sorry, when you told me to, 'Come on', it seemed rather open ended..."

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about 2 months ago | (#46309375)

Doesn't it mean to reduce to one tenth of the previous value (meaning this would be double decimation), not to reduce by a mere tenth?

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309427)

Nope. One in ten in the Roman army were killed. That's decimation. People misuse it all the time.

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (5, Interesting)

NoKaOi (1415755) | about 2 months ago | (#46309507)

Nope. One in ten in the Roman army were killed. That's decimation. People misuse it all the time.

No. It is you who are clinging to a deprecated definition. Language evolves over time, and the etymology of a word may be such that the definition of a word is based on a historical definition but no longer means the exact same thing.

In the Oxford English dictionary, the 1st definition is "1. kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of," while the 2nd definition notes that it is historical, "2. historical kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group."

In Roman times, "addicts" were broke people given as slaved to the people they owed money too. "Nervous" meant a person who was sinewy and vigorous. "Nice" meant ignorant. So you see, just because a word is based on a word that meant something thousands of years ago it doesn't mean it means the same thing today.

Also, when a word has multiple definitions, we have this thing most of us learned about in elementary school called "context." When you read the headline, did you understand which definition it meant? If for some reason you honestly thought it meant 1 out of 10 stinkbugs died, did you understand it after reading the article? Are you being obstinate or nice?

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310347)

[disclaimer: I'm not the OP you responded to.]

While I agree with what you said, I think it's important to note that the guy you responded to might have been advocating the S.I. units of slaughter:

micromate = kill 1/1000000
millimate = kill 1/1000
centimate = kill 1/100
decimate = kill 1/10

dekamate = overkill by 10x
hectomate = overkill by 100x
kilomate = overkill by 1000x
megamate = overkill by 1000000x

oh, and don't forget the binary versions:

kibimate = overkill by 1024x
mebimate = overkill by 1048576x
gibimate = overkill by 1073741824x (aka instagib) :^D

p.s. I hope they at least dekamated those stink fuckers.

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310775)

In Roman times, English didn't exist, so "addict", "nervous", and "nice" didn't have any meaning. Context? What context?

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46311391)

Actually, in the given context I did not know if the headline was using the term in the historical context (the correct way, imo), or the new context (the confusing and ignorant way, imho). It took reading the entire summary to clarify if it was indeed a 10% reduction of the pest or much, much more.

Yes, words and meanings evolve, but when the different uses create confusing communication and only exist because of a lack of understanding, that is a problem. The one that confuses me most regularly is when people use the word anxious to mean eager anticipation, removing the root of anxiety. It's usually unclear if the person is nervous or not about the thing they claim to be anxious about.

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (1)

skywire (469351) | about 2 months ago | (#46309447)

Originally, it meant to reduce by one tenth. It has evolved to mean "nearly wiped out".

Re:decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309789)

Originally, it meant to reduce by one tenth. It has evolved to mean "nearly wiped out"

But only by uneducated, innumerate buffoons.
By your argument a decimeter is almost all of a meter because people are stupid.
The international recognized prefix for one tenth is part of the damn word because they're from the same root!

Re: decimate means to reduce by 1/10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310301)

So if something is reduced by 1/100, why don't we call it "centimated"?
Femtomated... micromated... it works pretty good!

Whereas a few thousand miles away... (3, Interesting)

Retron (577778) | about 2 months ago | (#46309299)

And on the other side of the Atlantic, the strong jetstream (caused by the abnormal cold in the eastern States) has led to one of the mildest and wettest winters on record in England. I was surprised when last weekend I saw swarms of newly-hatched flies buzzing around the fields of Berkshire; you don't normally see those until late March or early April. To see them in mid-February is quite remarkable. We'll be in a for a miserable spring and summer over here as there will be far more insects buzzing around than normal due to the almost complete lack of frost this "winter" (and I use the term loosely, as for millions of us in the south of the UK it's just been an extended autumn this year!)

Meanwhile, in Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309397)

It has been a record breaking hot summer with multiple heatwaves across the country.
Crocodiles are being found further south than their natural range.

Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 2 months ago | (#46309517)

Yeah, it's going to be horrid in Stockholm this spring and summer, I fear. The city lies close to the water, and there are lots of boggy/forest-y bits in the surrounding area. And I happen to live right next door to the Nacka Reserve [wikipedia.org] which is nothing but woods and wetland filled with all manner of wildlife--including mosquitoes that remain active until the temperature gets below 2C or so. We NEED about 3-4 weeks at -10C or colder in order to kill off those little bastards... and so far this year, that has simply not happened.

BTW, I used live in Brisbane, and thought I knew about mosquitoes. Then I moved to Sweden. Aussie mozzies are complete poofters when compared to svenska myggor.

Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (1)

riverat1 (1048260) | about 2 months ago | (#46309733)

I think it makes sense that mosquitoes in northern climes are worse than more temperate regions. They have a shorter season to deal with and have probably evolved to be more aggressive in order to get done what they need to get done. It's kind of like humans in tropical regions tend to have a more laid back attitude about life since they don't have as many challenges to deal with as humans who live where the seasons are more pronounced.

Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (4, Interesting)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 months ago | (#46309827)

Last week in Melbourne we had out of control bushfires and heatwaves, last night I put the heater on for a couple of hours to ward off a blast of cold Antarctic air. The west of the continent also received one of it's rare desert downpours last week, about 2-4 weeks from now there will be an opportunity to see the west in full bloom, the eggs of fish, amphibians, insects, and crustaceans that have lay dormant in the parched earth for years will explode into life and everything will be carpeted with wildflowers. Migratory birds have already abandoned the coastal wetlands around Perth and are swarming to the temporary inland lakes in their millions. How the birds know this natural feast is about to occur is still a mystery. It's an irregular natural spectacle, and in a couple of months it will all be gone.

Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 months ago | (#46310595)

Same in Ireland, we had this endless summer, the only thing approaching cold was in the last couple of weeks. Which is a pity really as I love ice and snow. Yes, I looked at those pictures of a snow covered US with envy.

Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (1)

AlabamaCajun (2710177) | about 2 months ago | (#46310677)

News about England has not really hit the states as usual. The only reason we knew of warmer temps on your side is through Sochi.
At least we have gotten rid of some of the pests but others are flourishing like mosquitoes which I killed 2 last week in the south. Normally we would not see them until late March or April which after the cold we had should have taken them out.

yuo fai7 it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309329)

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Re: yuo fai7 it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309411)

That all makes perfect sense, except for that one part about everything

More bad science (0)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 months ago | (#46309337)

Most of DC's stink bugs have heated offices - not to mention plenty of interns to keep them warm through the cold winter nights.

Um... Good? (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 months ago | (#46309349)

Hopefully it'll screw up our pine beetles out west, too.

Re:Um... Good? (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 months ago | (#46309573)

Hopefully it'll screw up our pine beetles out west, too.

Not here in BC - the weather's been warm this winter. Springlike at a minimum.

Sure there was a week or two where it actually went to -10 or so, but that's nothing for the pine beetles - they need like a sustained -20C for a couple of weeks to die off.

In fact, the entire west coast of continental North America has been fairly warm and pleasant (and dry - this may not be too good for water reservoirs which are fed by snowmelt), while out in the east everyone's been dealing with metres of snowfall and chilly chilly chilly.

Haha Silly Eurotards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309381)

-20 is not negative at all. Its' well above 0. Ballsy almost. Iam' for DC and no this all ready.

Polar Vortex BS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309481)

We used to call it an "Alberta Clipper" and they have happened every so often throughout the years. Guess what? Some winters are colder than others!

Re:Polar Vortex BS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309555)

+1 for "Alberta Clipper". Remember the "Blizzard of '78"? That was hands-down much worse than this panzy Polar Vortex..

Re:Polar Vortex BS (1)

lazy genes (741633) | about 2 months ago | (#46309757)

The clipper and vortex are two different systems. The vortex is caused by warm air rushing into the arctic via warmer sea surface temperatures in the northern Pacific. It displaces the arctic air and shuts down the jet stream in the upper atmosphere. The cold arctic air, then follows the path of least resistance and flows downward into Canada.

Seems to be the same rule for diseases too (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 months ago | (#46309491)

The rule has always been a good, hard winter means less sickness the next year. I don't know if that means less animals or insects transporting agents of disease or what.

I'm callin' BS... (3, Interesting)

voodoo cheesecake (1071228) | about 2 months ago | (#46309497)

They won't be decimated, they survive here in Alaska. Not sure if it's an adaptation but they make it through 8 months of snow and ice just fine.

decimate? (0)

wgoodman (1109297) | about 2 months ago | (#46309531)

5% survival is not being decimated. That would be 90% survival. If the guy is a scientist of sorts, you'd think he could get such a simple thing correct.

Re:decimate? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 months ago | (#46313151)

5% survival is not being decimated. That would be 90% survival. If the guy is a scientist of sorts, you'd think he could get such a simple thing correct.

And if you spoke English, you'd know that while decimate used to be killing the tenth man, now it can also refer to any massive killing (including killing down to the tenth man.) Welcome to the world, where our languages are alive. You could always switch to Sanskrit...

Polar Vortex (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309545)

What a stupid farking name. It's called Winter. It happens every year.

Better than a few years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309619)

We had a mild winter that failed to kill off the wiggers. We were infested with them all summer.

That which does not kill all of you, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46309689)

causes you to evolve.

Future polar vortex won't kill as many (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310217)

This year, 95% of stinkbugs have been killed off due to extreme cold (-20C), leaving 5% left.

In 5 years, the 5% that survived the -20% will be 100% of the population.

The next polar vortex won't kill nearly as many because all those that are alive have already survived extreme cold and are thus genetically better than those that died this year.

Darwinisn and natural selection in progress!

Re:Future polar vortex won't kill as many (1)

luckymutt (996573) | about 2 months ago | (#46311187)

In 5 years, the 5% that survived the -20% will be 100% of the population.

You mean that the 5% that survived need to wait 5 years before becoming 100% of the population?
It seems to me they immediately make up 100% of the population.

Not nearly enough (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310399)

It finally got up into the 50s yesterday and I had two in my (Northern VA) garage. It's not even Spring....

Not so! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310715)

Sorry, but most of the stink bugs in Washington, D.C. live in heated homes and migrate daily to heated offices in the federal district. They won't be harmed in the slightest by this freezing weather.

And that's a pity....

Stop the presses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310771)

The population of species fluctuates depending on weather variations!

Bullshit buzzword alert (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46310901)

"Polar Vortex" -Isn't that what we've known as an Arctic Cold Front for decades?
Right up there with naming winter storms by those wingnts from Atlanta.

5% will survive and multiplly (1)

jlgreer1 (888680) | about 2 months ago | (#46311091)

I have no doubt that the 5% will survive and multiply. The 5% that made it through are the strongest and most adaptable. That is the way nature works. Duh! I thought the guy was a professor. I wonder how the mosquitos did? Another post mentioned that this stink bug was an invasive species. Too bad, so sad..... In DC, all they have to do is let the politicians out of their cages and bullet proof cars. That would provide enough hot air to warm things up anyway.

Um good? (1)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | about 2 months ago | (#46311433)

I know my relatives up in Minnesota despite their bitching about it being -60 are glad that it's decimated the ash bore beetle infestation. Up here in the north east we're hoping it'll have the same effect on the Asian longhorn beetle as well.

Though evolution being what it is, enough of these really cold winters and we'll just have populations of these insects that can winter over these temperatures.
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