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22 May 98

Scarcity and Abundance

This has been an interesting year to be a naturalist in California. I've been noticing odd patterns of scarcity and abundance with flowers and mushrooms. Here's one more. We've had record El Niño rainfall of course, but the insects have not been bad. Where are the mosquitoes and flies? I fear the worst is yet to come, and this might be a particularly buggy summer. The puzzle then is that the spring wildflowers are nearly over. Most insects need plants, and most plants need insect pollinators. So how can the insects arrive after the flowers?


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