From beetles to butterflies, scientists and landowners are working together to bring endangered insects back from the brink

Insects play an important role in the well-being of people and ecosystems — and people have a vital role to play in insects’ well-being, too

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Photo courtesy the St. Louis Zoo
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Bob Merz leads Saint Louis Zoo efforts to restore American burying beetle populations in the Upper Midwest. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Zoo
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Saint Louis Zoo manager of invertebrates Kayla Garcia is a key player in efforts to reintroduce American burying beetles in Missouri. Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo
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Workers (left) release Saint Louis Zoo–bred American burying beetles (right) across the Wah’ Kon-Tah Prairie in southwestern Missouri. Photos courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo
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Conservation Blueprint president Peter Berthelsen helps landowners grow plants that not only support insect diversity, but also provide other ecosystem benefits. Photo courtesy of Conservation Blueprint
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Conservation organizations, agribusiness and farmers are working together to help the endangered rusty patched bumble bee rebound in Iowa. Photo courtesy of USFWS Midwest from Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY 2.0
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