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Winter bug may offer climate clues

UMN made the front page of the Star Tribune with this article about
the Midge (Diamesa mendotae), an insect that survives in the Minnesota
winter. U of M Entomology professor, Len Ferrington and Fisheries
professor, Bruce Vondracek are leaders in this study along with many
graduate students and countless others.

"Researchers from the University of Minnesota are working to
understand more about the relationship between these unusual
freeze-resistant insects and the fish that eat them in streams in the
southeastern part of the state. The three-year project is primarily
about brown trout, a popular target for anglers. "We're thinking that
a changing climate and increasing air temperatures will affect water
temperatures, and that could reduce [fish] populations," said
entomology professor Len Ferrington, principal investigator on the