Cincy Science: Despite the long, cold winter the bugs of summer are alive and well in the Tri-State

CINCINNATI - Ever ask, "What is that?" Or, "Why is that?" In our "Cincy Science" feature, we talk with people who can answer those questions: The folks who do science in Cincinnati and the Tri-State.

After a long cold winter, we’re welcoming back a variety of two, four, six and eight-plus legged friends; in other words, insects.

While some of us may refer to them as "pests," insects play an important role in keeping the environment in balance. To get a better appreciation for our flying, crawling and slithering friends, we consulted Winton Ray, the team leader of World of the Insects at the Cincinnati Zoo

1. We all know misquotes are back, but what are some of the other bugs of summer?

We have a pretty good diversity of insects in the tri-state area, so just about every kind of insect you can imagine. Some are more obvious due to their peskiness and things like mosquitos are probably the most talked about, but we also have all kinds of beetles, grasshoppers, bees, wasps and hornets are also prevalent in this area. So we do get about everything you would imagine in the Tri-State area.

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