Outside Story: Turning the food chain upside down

Outside Story: Turning the food chain upside down

BRETT AMY THELEN As a kid, I was fascinated and terrified by the idea of carnivorous plants. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, my only exposure to this particular subset of the plant kingdom was the ravenous, larger-than-life Venus fly trap in “Little Shop of Horrors.” If I stumbled upon a carnivorous plant in real… Read More »

Outside Story: The insect apocalypse: Hype vs. fact

Outside Story: The insect apocalypse: Hype vs. fact

JOE RANKIN Last February, you might have seen news stories about an impending insect apocalypse. “Huge global extinction risk.” “Plummeting insect numbers threaten collapse of nature.” “Insects are dying off at a scary rate.” And those were just the headlines on online articles from New Scientist, The Guardian and Fortune. Whew. The source was an… Read More »

Lovely lupines: Not native to New England

Lovely lupines: Not native to New England

LAURIE D. MORRISSEY Lupine is one of the most spectacular flowers of early summer, painting long stretches of roadside with shades of purple and blue. Thanks to this tall, showy plant, even a stop-and-go drive to Boston’s Logan Airport has its moments of beauty (as I recently had occasion to observe). Full sun and dry,… Read More »