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Two Connecticut residents diagnosed with tick-borne Powassan

Jun. 16, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut residents have been diagnosed with the Powassan virus, a disease carried by ticks that attacks the central nervous system. The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that both cases involve people between 50 and 79 years...

Gypsy moth infestation defoliating some Vermont trees

Jun. 13, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is seeing a large infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars this year that are defoliating many of the state’s trees, the Agency of Agriculture said. The state has not seen a large outbreak since 1991, but the insects have been...

It's daring, it's jumping, and now it's the NH state spider

Jun. 11, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire now has an official state spider, thanks to third-graders who went from being afraid of arachnids to promoting them as symbols of the state's strengths. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday designating the daring jumping spider as...

Cicadas were flying; for hours, Biden's press plane was not

Jun. 09, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cicadas were flying. The reporters hoping to join the president in Europe were not. Reporters traveling to the United Kingdom for President Joe Biden's first overseas trip were delayed seven hours after their chartered plane was overrun by cicadas....

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 09, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. June 3, 2021. Editorial: Editorial: Stop creating laws for problems that don’t exist It is when lawmakers give imagination preference over reality that we get nonsensical laws such as one sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd of...

Mysterious black substance on Wells Beach is many dead bugs

Jun. 09, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

WELLS, Maine (AP) — Scientists have determined that a black substance that had settled near the shore line over several days at a beach in Maine is made up of millions of dead bugs. One of the regulars who walk Wells Beach, Ed Smith, took photos of the substance in the...

Amorous cicada blamed for causing car crash in Cincinnati

Jun. 08, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An amorous cicada was blamed for causing a car crash in Ohio. The insect flew through an open window, striking the driver in the face on Monday night, Cincinnati police said. The motorist drove off Riverside Drive and crashed into a utility pole,...

Vermont wildlife experts hope to inventory local ladybugs

Jun. 06, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont wildlife experts are hoping to create an inventory of local ladybugs, more accurately called lady beetles, to help find and restore local species populations. A dozen native species have disappeared in the state over the past several...

Local beekeeper finds hobby therapeutic, educational

Jun. 05, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (AP) — Ten years ago, Jeff Hagan’s interest in beekeeping quickly turned into a hobby. Hagan said a friend gave him “the pieces” to start a hive, which had most of what he needed except the honey bees. To get started, he...

Florida scientists find rare bee species in new locations.

Jun. 05, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have found the first nest of Florida’s extraordinarily rare blue calamintha bee and added a new location to its known range: the Ocala National Forest. They also confirmed the insect feeds on a second, but highly...