Bugmageddon Thursday

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Deceased June Beetle

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

The new data was gathered in nature reserves across Germany but has implications for all landscapes dominated by agriculture, the researchers said.

The cause of the huge decline is as yet unclear, although the destruction of wild areas and widespread use of pesticides are the most likely factors and climate change may play a role. The scientists were able to rule out weather and changes to landscape in the reserves as causes, but data on pesticide levels has not been collected.

“The fact that the number of flying insects is decreasing at such a high rate in such a large area is an alarming discovery,” said Hans de Kroon, at Radboud University in the Netherlands and who led the new research.

@ TG

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11 Responses to Bugmageddon Thursday

  1. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Never been a June Bug fan. When I was a kid my dad wanted to put one in my hand, told me I could then turn my hand upside down and he would cling. Said he had little suction cups for feet. *shiver* No WAY I would do that.

    We had a Russian Olive tree that I planted out front and when it was of a size, we could see things flying in it. The kids and I went down to see it, thinking it was full of hummingbirds. Nope. They were June Bugs. We called that tree the June Bug tree from then on.

    Pete hates them now, too, probably because he caught it from me, lol. I told him he should hold one in his hand and turn it over. 🙂

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  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Sum shining, place nicely mowed and I have the window open in here. It’s supposed to be nice thru the weekend and get colder the middle of next week.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Pullman police paid too much. I saw one stopping for his break at Starbucks. 😐

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  4. jimhitchcock says:

    3rd inning, feeling good about things.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Thirteen.

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