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Lava Crickets' Odd Lifestyle

What are lava crickets' secrets to living in a barren wasteland? That is what a group of researchers will try to find out as they set out for Kilauea's lava fields.

The problem with trying to study lava crickets is that they don't stay long in a certain area.

Led by Marlene Zuk, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, the team hopes to understand how these insects have come to be such effective colonists in a hostile environment.

(Image credit: Alan Cressler/Flickr)


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