IUPUI researchers say they’ve observed a new type of blow fly in Indiana.

Lucilia cuprina is an insect previously known to populate southern states from Virginia to California.

Throughout central Indiana, researchers say the species has been recorded more than two dozen times.

Researchers say the shifting species populations are due to climate change.

“As temperatures change and increase, the distributions of these insects will continue to change as well,” said Christine J. Picard, an associate professor of biology. “There is definitely a northward movement of species — not just insects, but all species — as they try to find temperatures where they are more comfortable.”

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(This story was originally published on October 18, 2018)