Posted on 08/03/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If your weekend plans involve any outdoor activities — or attempts to resolve the ant problem in your kitchen — you may not be feeling terribly affectionate toward insects.

But as annoying as they are, and annoying as it is to admit it, bugs are a key part of our ecosystem, and it’s not just bees and butterflies that are on an alarming decline.

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, a professor of conservation biology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, has written a book that defends our six-legged frenemies: Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.

She recently discussed it with Terry Gross on Fresh Air; you can listen to their conversation below or read a transcript on NPR’s website — where you’ll also find an excerpt of Buzz, Sting, Bite.

Categories: Author Interview

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