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Study Shows Huge Volume of Insect Migration that Climate Change May Affect

Where do insects go in winter? A new study published in the journal Science found that flying insects migrate on a seasonal basis. This movement constitutes the largest migration found in today's world, creating a mass that is almost eight times that of birds that migrate from Britain to Africa.

"The migration of 3.5 trillion insects, with a biomass over seven times that of the birds that migrate from Britain to Africa, has significant ecological ramifications. Insects are highly sensitive to climate change, and this may lead to dramatic changes in the population of migrating insects, causing important environmental changes," explains Dr. Nir Sapir of the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa, who is one of the authors of the article.

Marco Simola/CIFOR

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