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Wait, why are there so few dead bugs on my windshield these days?

By Andrew Van Dam

21 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Washington Post explore the 'very real ecological disaster' that has left far less bugs on our windshields - but there's another explanation for why you're getting from A to B bug free.

After a long drive, the only thing that makes our stomachs churn faster than a windshield smeared with bug guts is a windshield bearing no evidence of insect life whatsoever. It feels like a fundamental pillar of the planet's ecology has snapped.

You've probably noticed it, too. On long summer road trips, tiny corpses once formed a crust so thick that the reduced visibility posed a legitimate safety risk. Now, many folks we spoke with can't remember the last time they had to scour the bug gore from their RAV4.

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