This week's LIO focuses on all the insects around us during these cold winter months! Learn all about the unique and creative solutions that help many insects survive the harsh elements and how climate change is impacting our ecosystem. Some insects like the monarch butterfly migrate in the winter to warmer climates, but many insects gain shelter and nourishment through the winter in a variety of micro-habitats. Some, like snow fleas, burrow in the soil or in leaf litter to escape the cold. Others, like dragonflies, spend winter beneath the ice. Honey bees remain semi-active in hollow trees with caterpillars.
Even though it may seem like nature is quieting down around us during this time of the year, there is a ton of activity that we can observe and learn about!