Living With Antarctic Insects

Humans have been living on the continent of Antarctica for decades in bases heated to temperatures that support human life. Those conditions also support insects associated with human habitation. The house fly is now a permanent resident of Antarctica living primarily indoors at bases. The flies are stowaways in the kitchens of supply ships. As yet the house fly does not have a permanent presence outdoors. However, as the climate warms, ice melts and the plant biomass increases and flourishes the house fly may eventually invade the continent.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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