Microplastics found to be common in freshwater insects

Half of insects sampled from the rivers of south Wales contain microplastic fragments, according to research led by Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences.

Caddisfly larva
Caddisfly larve commonly contain microplastics

Half of insects sampled from the rivers of south Wales contain microplastic fragments, according to research led by Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences.

The first study of its kind in the UK looked into three species of mayfly and caddis fly larvae, finding that they had all ingested plastic material, regardless of what they feed on.

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