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Here's what's devastating Puerto Rico's insect populations—and the animals that eat them

The effects spell peril for the entire food web.
anole lizard

Very few studies have tracked declining population trends across all species, not just insects. Anole lizards, shown above, are a natural predator of arthropods; their average density in the area studied was cut by more than half.

The world is getting warmer, but . Plenty of studies have shown how certain bugs like and have hemorrhaged numbers over the last several decades. But until now, very few have tracked these trends across all species. As it turns out, things are stupendously worse than we previously thought, and the culprit

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