B.C. wildfires have wreaked havoc on the province's insect life

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B.C. wildfires have wreaked havoc on the province's insect life
B.C. wildfires have wreaked havoc on the province's insect life

B.C.'s summer of long-lived, severe wildfires hasn't just been a serious ordeal for the province's people – it's also harming insect life.

Insects can benefit from a certain amount of wildfires, but only within a delicate balance. That balance can be disrupted when wildfires are too numerous, and too intense – as it has been in B.C., which has declared states of emergency due to wildfires in three of the past five years.

Excessive smoky conditions mask the scents and visual cues they rely on to find their preferred flowers and plants.

That's not just their problem: insects play a major role in forest health, and it hits pollinators especially hard, with knock-on effects for humans.

Watch the report above, from Mia Gordon, for more.

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