Antarctic moss is facing impending threats from the
infestation of an all-female species of midges (Eretmoptera murphyi).
The pest can lay up to 40 to 50 eggs at one time, with a fast-paced
The excrement from the bug is believed to bring about
a spike in the natural nitrogen levels of the moss beds in Antarctica, which
could upset existing ecosystems.
Antarctica is a place naturally deprived of nutrients
due to its harsh cold climate, the arrival of the alien insects is an atypical
Scientists believe that global warming may be a huge
contributing factor to the attraction of additional foreign invasion species towards
the polar continent.