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In just 3 decades, insect populations in German nature reserves have plummeted by more than 75%, according to a new study.
The reasons for the decline aren’t clear, but the pattern is consistent over a swath of western and northern Germany, from the region around Bonn and Cologne to the countryside south of Berlin.
For 27 years, members of the Krefeld Entomological Society near Dusseldorf have monitored flying insect populations—everything from parasitic wasps to hoverflies and wild bees—in dozens of nature reserves
originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: worldstarcountry
I don't want em, I just wonder where the hell they went. I was stationed in Jacksonville for a few years in the 70's and I certainly know of what you are dealing with down there.... but what happened here?
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: charlyv
Well pesticides, electronic bug killers, pollution all kill bugs, kill enough of them and they disappear.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: charlyv
I think its clearly obvious what happened. They packed their bags and moved south because they hate the climate up north! The cold must suck tonnage for them to brave the snowbirds for a warmer life
Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades, and agricultural pesticides may be to blame. While it is well documented that butterflies and bees have been disappearing in Europe and North America, the study in PLOS ONE is the first to document that flying insects in general have decreased by more than three-quarters across Germany since 1989.
Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.