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Climate change increases wasp range, threatening West Coast oak savannas

1 month ago   |   By British Ecological Society

Climate change has led to warming temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, allowing species such as Neurotereus saltatorius to expand their range into more northerly oak savannas.
Dylan Jones, a Binghamton University doctoral candidate in biological sciences, describes two oak leaves, plucked from oak savannas on the West Coast. One, healthy and green, dotted by the occasional gall, a structure made by a herbivorous species of oak gall wasp. The other leaf yellowed and tattered, the victim of an insect population without predatory checks and balances.
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