Screen shot 2015-05-03 at 9.56.14 PMA groundbreaking study in Los Angeles looks at the effects of urbanism on biodiversity by studying its tiniest residents: insects.

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The study is one of the most sustained looks at insects in an urban environment ever, and it's happening with the help of 30 property owners across the city. For the next three years, they'll all host traps like these in different parts of the city. The idea, in a nutshell, is to understand the effects of urbanization on living creatures.