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Photo: Wayne Boo, USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
Researchers at Brandon University have studied the Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar and found that it can live on a diet of polyethylene, the type of plastic used to make shopping bags. Yes, you read that right! Unlike many animals that are harmed by eating plastic (we are thinking of those tragic whale and bird pictures we all have etched in our brains), this caterpillar can eat plastic and they are actually better off! Amazingly, the study showed that feeding the waxworms a 100% polyethylene diet increased the healthy microbes in their guts as compared to worms that were fed their normal diet or were starved. So the researchers dubbed them plastivores! But there is one small problem with them — wax worms are predators for bees — not something we can afford right now. Still, this is a promising discovery.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Sharks have killed seven people in Australia in 2020, the most since 1934, and scientists believe climate change might be responsible. According to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, for the past 50 years, the average number of yearly shark attack fatalities was one. Despite the total number of shark […]
Human activity has nearly doubled the rate of natural disasters in the last quarter-century. And as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) explained in a new report out this week: While many natural disasters cause great financial hardship and can tragically result in loss of human life, animals are often overlooked in the chaos. […]
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