Go to almost any major news website this week and there is an article on insects trending that should leave the majority of people who read it in a state of contemplation.
A study carried out at 67 locations in Germany shows a 76% drop in the number of flying insect biomass in the last 27 years. And this was in protected habitat!
This is a significant finding that could have devastating consequences on the food chain. It will not only directly effect the birds, reptiles, and amphibians, but trickle down to humans as well.
If this continues, not only will we start to see a drop in these more complex animals numbers, but crops will be effected due to the lower number of pollinators.
While a multi-species long-term study such as this has not been reported for any other locations besides Germany, numbers of individual species studied around the world show a decline as well.
Are you familiar with the windshield test?
Think back to how many flying insects struck your car window on a long drive 25 years ago. How does it compare to today? Have you noticed a difference?
I would love to hear your results.
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