Waking up and smelling the roses may not be so easy for insects as new research suggests.

Insects are already under stress from insecticide use in agriculture but the reality is that they are also being impacted by the chemicals from our car exhausts in a way you wouldn’t quite expect.

As well as bright colours, flowers and plants also emit chemical compounds that attract insect activity for pollination, almost like a perfume. However in recent studies it has come to light how various air pollutants and emissions are preventing insects from finding flowers.

 

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