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Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

OXFORD, Pa. — A staple of summer ‚Äî swarms of bugs ‚Äî seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.