These gnat snakeworms are a new species, distinct from their closest relatives in Europe — which are also known to move in a similar mass procession.
UAF entomologist Derek Sikes says drought can actually help mosquitoes by killing off their competitors.
As bumblebees have declined in parts of the Lower 48, they’re apparently thriving in Alaska, even in the high Arctic.
The Asian giant hornet has been spotted within a few hundred miles of Southeast Alaska, but experts say that it’s unlikely they could establish a breeding colony in the region’s colder climate.
Derek Sikes is an associate professor of entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and insect curator at the Museum of the North. He said populations of various types of bugs can vary widely from year to year.
Nearly every year since Kasatochi erupted, scientists have returned to study how ecosystems respond to cataclysmic destruction.