(DES MOINES) Does the mild winter mean a bounty of bugs this spring and summer? ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says that’s a question that’s really tough to answer.
“There are so many insects that work in so many different places and hibernate in so many different ways that no one explanation is going to cover them all,” said Lewis.
He says it’s possible the praying mantis and the bag worm might benefit, but the white grubs who prefer a blanket of snow cover might suffer. Lewis notes, even if the mosquito suffers in the winter, a few survivors can quickly bring the population back to normal. But, a lot will depend on rainfall in the spring.
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