by Taetske | 5:24 pm
(Last Updated On: February 11, 2019)

The reason why there are fewer insects

 

Some 80% of wild plants rely on insects for pollination; 60% of birds rely on insects as a food source. We normally do not spend much time thinking about insects and if we do it, it is mainly to think they are a pest and bother us. But insects form such an important link in the chain of life. When they go missing the whole world will suffer.

 

Dragon fly

Dragonfly

Bees and Butterflies

I have written about the bees and their importance for our world. I have also mentioned butterflies, they also have a role in the Fauna and Flora of our earth. Bees and butterflies are diminishing and now some more disturbing news has appeared. There is a new study which tells about the rapid decline of the total insect populations, some 75% over 3 decades.

 

Flying Bee

Flying Bee

An important study in Germany

This study was published in a peer-reviewed journal PLOS One (published by the Public Library of Science). In Germany, there are many nature reserves and this study was conducted within these nature reserves.

If a decline of insects is identified in these protected areas, you can imagine that in unprotected areas, cities, or industrial areas the decline will probably be even much more.

The study was conducted by the Radboud University in the Netherlands together with the Entomological Society Krefeld in Germany.

 

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

 

It was not so easy to do this study and the total spectrum of insects was taken into consideration. It is like insect hunting. Malaise traps are being used and then the total-known as biomass- is weighted. Like that the researchers found a steady decline. When you think that insects make up some 70% of all animal species, their importance is underestimated.

One does not realize the many jobs they, do like pollinating the crops we eat. They function as a pest control so we need fewer pesticides. Even in waste control, it is the ants and cockroaches who take care of it in urban areas.

 

 

Amazing fact

As insects represent around 70% of all animals in the world it is still astonishing when one reads there is an estimated 10 quintillion, that is 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 individual insects living in our world. It is known that in the US there are 91.000 known species living.

 

Ladybug on Flower

Ladybug on Flower

Another amazing fact

Do you know how many insects there are for each human? I suppose it is a difficult question.
New figures indicate there are more than 200 million. Recently there was an article published in the New York Times. It says there is some 300 pound of insects for each pound of human flesh. My brain refuses to try and visualize this but I know it is lots!

 

 

Conclusion

Our Planet is an amazing place. All living things play an important role and if one group goes missing the entire system suffers. Fauna and Flora depend on each other and it does not need the human race to survive. We, humans, actually pose a danger to the survival of the environment. We should think twice and hopefully, come to the conclusion that we need nature, not the other way around.

 

Source: CNN by Euan McKirby, and Smithsonian

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Perhaps you would also like to read about the bees.

The Importance of Bees Part 2

Comments

Norman

The insect’s world is so vast an so amazing when you think of the number of insects that are in this world and how they outnumber the human race it is just so amazing.
If I get this right I was told many years ago by one of my teachers is that for every human being there is i billion insects . Your post is well detailed and has a lot of good and helpful information.

Dec 22.2017 | 01:46 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Norman,

    Thank you for reading my post. I personally find it really worrying the big changes which are happening in our world. On top of it comes these changes are mainly caused by us humans. It seems many of the human race do not see the far reaching consequences of our deeds. Future generations will be put up with what we have done to our planet.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 22.2017 | 03:05 pm

James John

I think that the decline of insects isn’t being taken up seriously enough by many countries. As you say, insects are a vital part of the food chain, if not the first link of the whole process. Without these little creatures around, especially bees, the human race will end up either starving, or the cost of food will go through the roof.
I can’t see a human being going round pollinating flowers like a bee does. It’s crazy. These flying creatures are so important for us, and yet, it doesn’t seem like enough is being done to safeguard their lives.
I know it’s not a great deal, but we’ve planted flowers up on our roof, and most days, there’s usually a bee or two hovering around them, which makes me feel good. It’s something little from our end, but if everybody was to bother about little things like this, the positive effect would be tremendous.

Mar 14.2018 | 06:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening James,

    You are so right! If all people would do a little bit our world would look a lot different. Such a nice idea to have a roof garden where the bees feel at home. In one of my posts on bees I mentioned the fact that drones are being used for pollinating. That may sound like a clever idea but drones do not make honey. We would miss out on this healthy bee product. The more people are aware that we are responsable in big part for the world we live in and also the world our children and grandchildren will inherit the better.Thank you for visiting my website.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 14.2018 | 07:44 pm

      James John

      Good evening, Taetske.
      If all the people would do a little bit, our world would indeed look a lot different. It really doesn’t take so much of an effort, and at the same time, doing something worth the while, like getting pleasure from having a roof garden, will serve as a stress reliever and at the same time, will feed the hungry bees.
      Too true, drones might be used for pollinating, but I love honey, so give me bees any day as opposed to electronic equipment.
      I hope that the cries for awareness about such important situations concerning our world don’t end up falling on deaf ears, Taetske, for it would be not just a shame, but a tragedy for the generations yet to follow ours.

      Mar 15.2018 | 09:26 pm

        Taetske

        Good afternoon James,

        Here in the village we have a good place to buy natural honey. It is being harvest close by from the wildflowers growing on the hills/mountains.
        I also enjoy sitting in the garden and to observe the life of insects, it never gets boring to look at nature.
        Thank you for visiting again.

        Regards, Taetske

        Mar 16.2018 | 02:35 pm

Oneal22

Amazing article about the class ‘insecta’ I had not imagined that a time would come when the insects of the world would be on the verge of extinction or let me say it more contextually, I never knew there would come a time when there would be a diminishing amount of insects. It is really sad as these insects contribute immensely to the ecosystem. Take for instance; the microbial activities of the earthworm and it’s essence to soil fertility.

Feb 17.2019 | 07:54 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Oneal,

    Thank you for commenting on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    As I live on an organic farm there are a lot of insects, little creatures, and birds living here. The other day while getting wood we found a big hedgehog and 3 small ones having their winter sleep. We quickly covered them with leaves again. In the vegetable garden, we observe the earthworm which airs the soil. All living things have a role in Creation and we should live in harmony instead of destroying it.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 18.2019 | 07:22 am

Nicolette Gomez

Nice topic! I was actually hearing something about this on the radio not long ago. The insect population should mean more to us, humans. Do you suggest people grow more plants? I’d love to start a garden to help these tiny creatures. Could there be something done to help prevent the decline? Thank you for your knowledge!

Feb 17.2019 | 07:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Colette,

    Of course, it is always a good idea to plant flowers and bushes so insects have a place to live. One must take care to do it the organic way otherwise they cannot survive. Even if you do not have a garden you might do something on your balcony. All living things have a role and we should take care there is no imbalance.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    regards, Taetske

    Feb 18.2019 | 07:13 am

faftop

A lot of information and knowledge to gain in one article. Anytime I make research, it amazes me the beautiful things I discover about them. While some people hate them, the benefits of having them around are unknown to this set of people. Insects are lovely creatures to me. Nice article. Regards!

Feb 17.2019 | 07:58 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Nice to hear you like insects, I do too. The other day while looking at the fig tree which has no leaves in the winter I saw a couple of nests hanging. These are from the praying manta. Many things can be observed in nature one just has to look.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 18.2019 | 07:08 am

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