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Rare California Beetle Will Stay Protected

Rare California Beetle Will Stay Protected

Invertebrates: A beetle found only in elderberry thickets in the Sacramento Valley will remain on the federal list of Threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday.
5 Fascinating Insects You Probably Didn't Know Lived in L.A.

5 Fascinating Insects You Probably Didn't Know Lived in L.A.

Invertebrates: The BioSCAN Project, a citizen-science insect research project launched by the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum (NHM), has been turning up some fascinating captured insects. We've picked five of what we thought were the among most interesting.
Why Insects Matter

Why Insects Matter

Invertebrates: Most insects are either beneficial or at least harmless. Some of them are beautiful and fascinating. And without them, life as we know it would not exist at all.
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Groups Want Monarch Butterfly Declared A Threatened Species

Groups Want Monarch Butterfly Declared A Threatened Species

Invertebrates: In a move that would have been nearly incomprehensible 20 years ago, environmental groups are asking the federal government to grant Endangered Species Act protection to a popular butterfly that was once one of North America's most common large insects.
Invasive Species Week: The Argentine Ant

Invasive Species Week: The Argentine Ant

Invasive Species: For California Invasive Species Action Week (August 2-10), we're looking at a different problem species each weekday. Tuesday's topic: a species that's probably raiding your sugar bowl right now.
Dead Birds Prompt Renewed Pesticide Spraying in Bay Area

Dead Birds Prompt Renewed Pesticide Spraying in Bay Area

Invertebrates: A Bay Area county not usually known as a hotspot for West Nile virus has undertaken a second round of pesticide spraying this year after finding mosquitoes infected with the virus, according to public health officials.
Walmart Developer Wants Permit to Kill Endangered Insect

Walmart Developer Wants Permit to Kill Endangered Insect

Invertebrates: An Inland Empire retail plaza developer may receive permission from the federal government to kill an endangered fly in exchange for preserving some of the insect's remaining habitat.
California Native Orchid is Endangered, Say International Scientists

California Native Orchid is Endangered, Say International Scientists

Plants: A California native orchid once found from the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada northward into Oregon has declined in population so steeply that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has declared the plant globally Endangered.
Smithsonian's Closing of Invertebrate Zoo Is a Bad Move

Smithsonian's Closing of Invertebrate Zoo Is a Bad Move

Commentary: Pandering to scientific illiteracy isn't a new thing in Washington D.C. Every day in the nation's capital seems to bring its share of ludicrous statements and actions from people who ought to know better, from denial of the reality climate change to fourth-grade misconceptions about human reproductive biology. It's just disappointing when that pandering comes from the Smithsonian.
5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

Invasive Species: Did you know that all of these animals are exotics that were introduced to California? Some of the entries on this list may surprise you.
Dozens Cited at NorCal State Abalone Checkpoint

Dozens Cited at NorCal State Abalone Checkpoint

Invertebrates: State game wardens handed out 31 citations and warned several dozen additional fish harvesters at a wildlife law enforcement checkpoint near Jenner, California on Sunday. The checkpoint was part of a mounting effort by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to educate sport fishers about the importance of protecting the state's remaining abalone.
Endangered Species Day: 4 Inconspicuous California Species Worth Noting

Endangered Species Day: 4 Inconspicuous California Species Worth Noting

Commentary: While other websites celebrating Endangered Species Day are concentrating on the big and dramatic, we thought we'd celebrate by mentioning a few species that aren't big and flashy and glamorous. They're beautiful, but they don't flaunt it.
Weakening Beetle's Protection is Bad Science, Groups Say

Weakening Beetle's Protection is Bad Science, Groups Say

Invertebrates: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to take a California beetle off the Endangered Species Act's Threatened list, but two leading environmental groups are charging that the move is based on politics rather than science.
Navy Working to Rescue Abalone from Extinction

Navy Working to Rescue Abalone from Extinction

Invertebrates: A Navy research and development center that usually focuses on high-tech communication and surveillance matters is working to boost numbers of one of California's most critically endangered marine animals: the black abalone.
War of Words Mounts in Race to Protect Desert Snail

War of Words Mounts in Race to Protect Desert Snail

Commentary: A small snail found only in a few small hills in the Mojave Desert has launched a public dispute, as mining interests and wildlife advocates spar over whether the species should be granted federal protection.
New Tar Pits Discovery Reminds Us The Past Wasn't Entirely Different

New Tar Pits Discovery Reminds Us The Past Wasn't Entirely Different

Invertebrates: It's a reminder that while present-day California no longer has many Ice Age animals, many are still everyday sights around the Golden State.
6 Cool Animals That Live Only in California

6 Cool Animals That Live Only in California

Guides: Our state has a lot of what ecologists call "endemic species," meaning species found in California and nowhere else. Here are some of the coolest ones.
EPA Sued Over Pollution Damage to Endangered Butterfly

EPA Sued Over Pollution Damage to Endangered Butterfly

Invertebrates: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act when it approved a permit for a large gas-fired power plant that may drive an Endangered butterfly to extinction. That's according to a San Francisco-based environmental group that filed suit against the EPA last week.
Monarch Butterfly Die-Off: Is Monsanto's Roundup Really the Issue?

Monarch Butterfly Die-Off: Is Monsanto's Roundup Really the Issue?

Commentary: A large environmental group is charging that a dramatic increase in the use of a popular weed-killer is the culprit in the last decade's plunge in monarch butterfly numbers. But are they blaming a symptom rather than the real cause?
New Monarch Butterfly Count Offers Ray of Hope

New Monarch Butterfly Count Offers Ray of Hope

Invertebrates: A noted conservation group has released the numbers for 2013's monarch butterfly count in California, and the results are a bit of good news for fans of the showy migrating insect.
Emergency Protection Urged For Desert Snail

Emergency Protection Urged For Desert Snail

Invertebrates: A tiny Mojave Desert snail that lives under rocks on mountain slopes is threatened by a new Kern County gold mine, according to a group urging emergency protection for the snail under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Bad News About Monarch Butterflies in California and Elsewhere

Bad News About Monarch Butterflies in California and Elsewhere

Invertebrates: Monarch butterflies are in trouble, a sad fact that's putting midwestern butterflies in the news this week. And according to a fifteen-year study, the monarch's numbers are crashing in California as well.
Invasive Cockroach Spreading Throughout California, Internet Sales Continue

Invasive Cockroach Spreading Throughout California, Internet Sales Continue

Invertebrates: File this one under "what are they thinking?" An invasive cockroach species first noted in California in 1978 is now well established throughout the cities and towns of the southwestern U.S., and though little is known about its biology or its effect on other wildlife, you can still buy it online.
Widespread Disease Turns Sea Stars Into Goo, Baffling Scientists

Widespread Disease Turns Sea Stars Into Goo, Baffling Scientists

Invertebrates: Sea Stars, popularly as starfish, are dying horribly along the Pacific Coast from Santa Barbara to Alaska, and scientists aren't sure why.
Washed-Up Oarfish Reveal Secrets of the Deep to Scientists

Washed-Up Oarfish Reveal Secrets of the Deep to Scientists

Fish: We still don't know whether there's something more than coincidence behind the two oarfish that washed up on Southern California beaches this month, but a wildlife lab in Santa Barbara has taken advantage of the opportunity to learn about oarfish ecology -- with the help of critters many Californians would probably rather not think about.