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FILE - Researchers from Utah State University are inviting residents to contribute to a project studying insects.

LOGAN — Researchers from Utah State University are inviting residents to contribute to a project studying insects.

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The Herald Journal reports researchers from the university's biology department and ecology center are asking the public to take photos of insects on alfalfa plants and upload them online so they may study interactions between the bug and plant.

Researcher Lauren Lucas said they chose to focus their project on alfalfa as the plant is cultivated locally in Cache Valley and easy to spot.

She said widespread community participation can help identify patterns of different plants throughout the valley.

The project is also meant to help farmers determine which bugs are good and bad for their crops.