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News pictureWhat can pollinators tell us about climate change? We initiated a volunteer-based pilot bee monitoring project in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area...More

Long-lost beetle rediscovered after more than 100 years

A tiny ground beetle, Bembidion nigropiceum, not seen in North America since the late 1800s, has resurfaced on the Boston Harbor Islands...More

Long-lost beetle rediscovered after more than 100 years

A tiny ground beetle, Bembidion nigropiceum, not seen in North America since the late 1800s, has resurfaced on the Boston Harbor Islands. Researchers originally thought that the beetle, labeled only as being from "Massachusetts," was a species new to science. But it turns out that the species is native to gravel beaches in Europe, and so likely came to Massachusetts in the ballast of a ship—perhaps more than once—and populations have persisted out on the islands.

Read the full article in volume 61 of VES News: The Newsletter of the Vermont Entomological Society (see pages 7-8)

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