Where have all the Insects Gone?

Study after study seems to show that something is very, very wrong: the biomass of insects is collapsing everywhere it’s been measured.

The latest published study is from Puerto Rico, where insect populations in El Yunque, a well-known protected rain forest, are down by 80% to 98%.

Let that sink in.

No butterflies, for one.

The insects themselves are food for all sorts of other critters: amphibians, lizards, birds, and mammals. And yes, their numbers are down as well.

Tentative cause: not pesticides. Instead, it’s likely weather that has simply become too hot for the insects to survive.


Published in: on January 16, 2019 at 9:01 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Yes, it is frightening…and for years it has been pushed that it’s been pesticides doing the damage. I wonder if it’s too late for us all.


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