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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:00 PM

 

The global population of flying insects is crashing dangerously fast

Source: Globalpost/PRI

November 14, 2017 · 2:15 PM EST

The disappearance of bees and butterflies has concerned scientists and the public for years. Now, a new study from Germany confirms that the abundance of flying insects has dropped over 75 percent since 1989.

The journal PLOS One reports that amateur entomologists in Germany have discovered that some three-quarters of flying insects there have vanished from nature preserves. Dave Goulson, professor of biology at the University of Sussex in the UK, says the problem is so serious, it could lead to an “ecological Armageddon.”

“Flying insects make up the bulk of life on Earth. About two-thirds of all species we know are insects,” Goulson says. “They pollinate more than 80 percent of all the plant species on Earth, so if we lose the flying insects we will lose all the flowers on Earth — literally all of them. Flowers evolved to attract insects, that's why we have them. Three-quarters of our crops need pollinating by flying insects. So, we’d have a world without most fruit and vegetables.”

Insects do other important things, too. They help keep pests under control, they recycle dung and they are food for the majority of other creatures. “Most birds at some stage of their life cycle eat insects. Almost all reptiles, amphibians, aquatic fish, bats, lots of small mammals — all depend on insects. So, essentially, take away the insects and everything else is going to collapse,” Goulson says.

Read more: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-14/global-population-flying-insects-crashing-dangerously-fast



Just a reminder that Trump isn't the only threat to the globe.

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unhip white guy Nov 14 OP
sandensea Nov 14 #1
Blue_Tires Nov 14 #19
sandensea Nov 14 #21
Blue_Tires Nov 15 #29
sandensea Nov 15 #30
tecelote Nov 14 #2
EarthFirst Nov 14 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 14 #6
Marthe48 Nov 14 #4
redwitch Nov 14 #5
lindalou65 Nov 14 #7
Honeycombe8 Nov 14 #8
notdarkyet Nov 14 #11
Roland99 Nov 14 #9
OhZone Nov 15 #28
BigmanPigman Nov 14 #10
notdarkyet Nov 14 #13
BigmanPigman Nov 14 #20
haele Nov 15 #31
Turbineguy Nov 14 #12
unhip white guy Nov 15 #23
yardwork Nov 14 #14
Botany Nov 14 #15
Duppers Nov 14 #16
keithbvadu2 Nov 14 #17
unhip white guy Nov 15 #26
Duppers Nov 14 #18
emmadoggy Nov 14 #22
Sunlei Nov 15 #24
Achilleaze Nov 15 #25
democratisphere Nov 15 #27

Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:09 PM

1. But alas, not mosquitoes.

Either there's more of them than ever, or they just love me.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:39 PM

19. And don't get me started on roaches

the big uglies moved to our neighborhood by the hundreds of thousands three years ago and it has been a daily struggle....

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:59 PM

21. Oh, no!

Try this: buy wormwood herb in bulk (you can get it at many health-food stores, or order online from Frontier, Mountain Rose, etc.); sprinkle in corners and wherever roaches might like to settle (in kitchen cupboards or behind the fridge, for instance).

It's safe for pets and babies (and really bitter), and insects hate it. The mere scent will send them packing - and yet it's nearly imperceptible to people.

Good luck.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 01:31 PM

29. thanks for this!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:17 PM

30. You're welcome.

That's one of the things I miss about living in Southern California: a lot fewer bugs. Generally the more humid the climate, the more you get.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:11 PM

2. Hey! Before you start, don't blame Monsanto

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1TSNF_enUS443US443&ei=XncLWqjsAYbqjwT3p5_YDg&q=bad+pesticides+monsanto&oq=bad+pesticides+monsanto

This is worse than Trump. He's only here for a year or two.

This is devastating and it's going to affect your children. We continue to poison the earth at rates that will jeopardize the future of many generations.


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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:11 PM

3. If you ask the evangelicals; whom believe that everything was put here for their exploit... to for

Youll begin to understand why were fucked.

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:14 PM

6. The Pave the Earth Gang. Sometimes known as Dominionists. Power above principles. . . nt

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:11 PM

4. The fruit flies are in my kitchen

<joke> This was the first summer in years I had them, though. I have noticed that there are less and less insects if I leave the porch light on.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:17 PM

5. We are hosting some Asian ladybugs for the winter.

Not tons but it looks like several dozen. They are hibernating in our dining room and occasionally one will fly to the sink for some water. In the spring they will fly away to eat aphids.



I am grateful there aren’t thousands of them though.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:36 PM

7. This news is very alarming if it is valid

Professor Emeritus and Eminent Biologist E. O. Wilson's quote and a dire warning:

"If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of humanity and life with it would mostly disappear from the land, within a few months."

Pretty scary!

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:40 PM

8. People are so used to using poison, when safer substances will do.

I'm very worried about this. I haven't seen a bee in a long time. There used to be a lot of bees around.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:34 PM

11. I have tons of bees inn my yard his year. Never seen so many. Big and fat.

I guess I'm a bee sanctuary. They have been hitting my hummingbird feeders pretty hard.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:44 PM

9. FWIW, Ive seen a lot more butterflies than usual this year.

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 08:55 AM

28. Me too.

It was weird. Several different kinds.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:09 PM

10. I am currently covered in over 150 bug bite scars

and new bites and it has been getting worse for the past 3 years. Now for 6 months out of the year fruit flies (yes, they leave bacteria on the skin and if you are allergic you react like it is an actual bite) and mosquitos are feasting on me. My sheets are covered in blood. AAAHHHH!!!!!!! I have to wear OFF! all the time.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:36 PM

13. Try an electric bug zapper and set up a barrier for yourself.

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:49 PM

20. Do they have personal ones?

I have seen them at restaurants.

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:32 PM

31. They do work.

We got a table top model that's basically just a UV light and an electric mesh under a fan that drives them into it. In one week, it's already taken care of half the drain flies we can't get rid of until we get a contractor down under our sink to replace the sub-floor around our kitchen drain and barrier wrap/insulation under our kitchen floor and venting.
Most people mistake drain flies for fruit flies or pantry moths, but since you're getting an allergic reaction, you probably do have fruit flies.
We tried the tennis-racket type electric swatter zapper, and while we got a few, we had to be careful not to swat near anything that might either break the swatter or break/electrocute the item it hit - like a cat trying to help or a snoozing spouse in his recliner.

The UV light zappers tend to work better on mosquitos, mites, and fleas, but they still get other flying buggers.

Haele

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:34 PM

12. ISIS, Trump and all the other assholes of the World

will be disappointed. They thought they would be the ones to bring life to an end.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 03:41 AM

23. I think ISIS has Lost their Chance

 

But don't count ol' Donnie out, especially with his mind growing more agitated as the cracks in his Administration start to spread.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:52 PM

14. This is probably the worst thing imaginable.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:53 PM

15. What you can do the Xerces Society and Doug Tallamy's bringing nature home

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:05 PM

16. K & R

WE are killing them.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:20 PM

17. Bad news: Global emissions are on the rise again

Bad news: Global emissions are on the rise again
Emissions are up again this year by an estimated 1 to 3 percent

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/14/bad-news-global-emissions-are-on-the-rise-again_partner/

Obviously not related...... Absolutely not!

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141914154

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 06:21 AM

26. Gosh Darn It

 

I knew I'd seen that thread somewhere!

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 09:34 PM

18. 3/4th of ALL Global Honey Contains Insecticides

Almost 200 samples of honey were analysed for neonicotinoid insecticides and 75% contained the chemicals, with most contaminated with multiple types. Bees range over many kilometres to collect nectar and pollen, making the honey they produce an excellent indicator of the pesticide pollution across their local landscape.

Bees and other pollinators are vital to three-quarters of the world’s food crops but have been in serious decline in recent decades. The destruction of wild habitats, disease and widespread pesticide use are all important factors. Scientists responding to the new work say a crackdown on the industrial-scale use of the nerve agents is urgently needed.


http://pin.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=aIubLCBT3nl%2B6urdtl72q78gTORAy%2Bmy


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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 10:33 PM

22. It's freaky that these reports are coming out just now...

Just a few weeks ago, I was actually commenting about this to my husband. I've noticed that when we are driving there are FAR, FAR fewer bugs smacking the windshield. It used to be in the summer time, the windshield would be covered with bugs, from tiny gnats to the occasional big, juicy one.

Now, it's just not really much of an issue. It is frightening.

I used to see far more wildlife along the roadsides when we drove, too. Used to commonly see streaked gophers (striped ground squirrels), rabbits, pheasants, skunks, raccoons, woodchucks etc. Now, we see some roadkilled skunks, coons, and mostly deer, but we almost NEVER seen any other critters. I do have a theory about the wildlife, though. We have seen a dramatic comeback of bald eagles and I suspect that may be (one reason) why we see fewer of the small animals. I don't imagine it accounts for it entirely, though.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 05:15 AM

24. I noticed many less Dragonflies/butterflies over my meadow past years, wonder if thats related?

personally only use insecticide against fire ants, hand treat, (1/4 tsp.) any mound /w Orthene Fire Ant Killer.

Haven't seen "lightening bugs" in years, /sigh

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 05:46 AM

25. Thanks republicans

This is on you and your misbegotten War on Nature.

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Response to unhip white guy (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 07:39 AM

27. It is too late. The Sixth Mass Extinction has already begun.

Homo Sapiens have really f'ed it up this time. Now it is only a matter of time.

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