Researchers found winter insects in Western Siberia

Research and Innovations 11 February 2019
Tyumen entomologists have studied winter insects that have not been seen on the territory of Western Siberia before. 

“Despite severe Siberian weather, there are active insects in our region in winter”, said UTMN associate professor Vitaliy Stolbov. “Only few species out of more than one billion representatives of this class stay active in subzero temperatures. Snow scorpionflies and winter crane flies are the most popular representatives of the flightless insects that stay active from late autumn to early spring. They can be seen on mild winter days, and in frosty days they rest on mosses under the snow.”
It is the first time snow scorpionflies have been found in Western Siberia. Winter crane flies have been already seen in Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrugs. One can see these flightless insects while skiing in the south of Tyumen region. 

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications 

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