The End Is Not Near, But If An 'Insect Apocalypse' Ever Happens, How Would We Know?

The End Is Not Near, But If An 'Insect Apocalypse' Ever Happens, How Would We Know?

Insect declinesAround the world, entomologists are looking wistfully into empty nets, and car owners are increasingly unsettled by their pristine windshields. Many scientists are currently analyzing the roles that climate change, land use, chemical pesticides and other factors have played in reported declines in many insect species. USFWS/Ted Thomas, CC BYThe end is not nearThese discussions are important, but they don’t mean an insect apocalypse is under way. Predicting insect decline is hard to do without a lot of effort and data. And human actions are shifting balances between insect species.

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