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Salt Sea Air – Now With Microplastics 
You knew the ocean was awash in microplastics, but did you realize that the crashing waves and organic processes are lofting clouds of them into ocean and coastal air? As yet, there are as many questions as answers, but the Smithsonian explains where things stand: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-sea-breeze-contains-microplastics-new-study-says-180974867/

Bumblebees’ Bites Trick Plants Into Flowering 
Our little, native pollinator friends of the genus Bombus recently revealed a trick to researchers none had witnessed before: strategic bites from the nectar-starved bees induced plants to flower early, in some cases as many as 30-days early. The BBC relates the details: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52759804

Moths – Underappreciated Nocturnal Pollinators 
While the bees and butterflies get most of the credit for pollinating flowering plants, it turns out moths also fill a crucial role, while working the night shift. Some plants skipped by the more celebrated pollinators are dependent on the moths’ nighttime services. The Smithsonian elaborates: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-work-pollination-night-shift-visiting-some-flowers-bees-skip-180974884/

Caddis Fly Larvae Building Cases of Microplastics 
Caddis fly larvae, ubiquitous in our waterways, have now been found to be building their protective sheaths from microplastics. The plastics do not serve the purpose well, and leave the creatures vulnerable to predators. The insects occupy a particularly crucial niche in freshwater ecosystems, so this is an ominous development, as Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/caddis-fly-larvae-are-now-building-shelters-out-of-microplastics/