Will Oremus @WillOremus oh-REE-mus. Senior writer for OneZero at @medium: onezero.medium.com/ Previously: @slate. I write about how tech shapes us. DM for Signal. Jun. 05, 2019 1 min read

A plague of flies overtook an Arizona retirement community, and no one can figure out what to do about them:  https://onezero.medium.com/when-the-bugs-came-to-bullhead-a520b8ba4b9b 

This story is literally the stuff of nightmares. It's also a preview of life in the anthropocene, where an environment thrown out of balance plays host to a parade of pestilent plagues.  https://onezero.medium.com/when-the-bugs-came-to-bullhead-a520b8ba4b9b 

This looks like a still from some forgotten episode of the Twilight Zone. In fact, it's a photo by @johnfpeters of everyday life in Bullhead City since the caddisflies overwhelmed the town in 2015. Read the story by @bborell:  https://onezero.medium.com/when-the-bugs-came-to-bullhead-a520b8ba4b9b 

It reminds me of this great @henrygrabar feature on knotweed, which has infiltrated swaths of the U.S. that include the author's Brooklyn backyard:  https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/japanese-knotweed-invasive-plants.html  But knotweed is invasive, whereas the caddisfly is a native species run amok.

Crap, I mispelled @bborrell's handle and now I have to irk all my followers with another tweet just to correct his name because Twitter still can't figure out how to build an edit button.


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