Skip to comments.Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
Posted on 02/11/2019 1:52:51 AM PST by LibWhacker
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Understood. It -2 degrees in Moorhead this morning. Lol!
It’s the Goebbel Warming Prize.
Anybody need bugs? Come to Texas. You can take all you want. Free. Free. Free. Free.
I lived in Fargo for 35 years. I feel your pain.
I thought they wanted us to eat bugs.
Im good with it. But looking at my windshield and grill after driving down the highway in the Midwest I see No lack of the pesky things
Yup stinkbugs....had one land on my shoulder yesterday.
At least they seem to be peaceful docile friendly critters i usually scoot them onto a piece of paper and blow them out the back door.
Probably see the same guy 3 days later back inside..i should mark them with a sharpie to find out...
Same here. I'd check right now but the snow is falling at the moment. While I'm shoveling it later I'll keep note of the insects I see.
I have definitely seen fewer insects splatted on the windshield. Thirty years ago, I would wipe down the windshield at every gas stop in the summer. No need now.
Fireflies are doing well in NJ but the first ones are coming out a month earlier than they used to, still in small numbers.
Honeybee numbers, way down. When I was a child a clover lawn would have a couple bees every square foot. Now you can walk barefoot without looking.
We used to have toads. My guess is that the deer population and the destruction of the woodland floor is responsible, rather than insecticides.
Yea it was magical...like out of a fantasy movie.
Long discussion on SlashDot
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Consensus = Truth/Fact/Proof.
Correlation = Causation.
Gatekeeping qualifications... Only a certified, licensed, or recognized group/institution/team are allowed to have an opinion... except skeptics because their opinions are invalidated by the professionals that I happen to agree with.
Gaslighting people for not believing in something.
Asking for skeptics to prove a negative, or asking that they provide scientific evidence for their position when the evidence being unable to convince them is the evidence.
Acceptance of controvertible evidence, scare or abundant, as good enough to be proof as though it were incontrovertible evidence.
I’m going to plow snow in a bit. I might spray on some Deep Woods Off just in case.
They’re being eaten by the Venezuelans.
It’s the Guardian.
Don’t even bother.
Estimates of the total number of insect species or those within specific orders are often highly variable. Globally, averages of these predictions estimate there are around 1.5 million beetle species and 5.5 million insect species with around 1 million insect species currently found and described.
A pie chart of described eukaryote species, showing just over half of these to be insects
Between 950,0001,000,000 of all described species are insects, so over 50% of all described eukaryotes (1.8 million) are insects (see illustration). With only 950,000 known non-insects, if the actual number of insects is 5.5 million, they may represent over 80% of the total, and with only about 20,000 new species of all organisms being described each year, most insect species likely will remain undescribed, unless species descriptions greatly increase in rate. Of the 24 orders of insects, four dominate in terms of numbers of described species, with at least 670,000 species included in Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera.
As of 2017, at least 66 insect species extinctions had been recorded in the previous 500 years, which generally occurred on oceanic islands.
So there have been 66 species gone extinct in 500 years. Now we are to believe there are at least 1,000,000 and maybe 5,000,000 species and 40% (400,000-2,000,000) that are threatened in the next 80 years. What nonsense.
Here in SE Virginia, we have a surplus of mosquitoes and “noseeums.” They can have ours.
Only now to find out it's because of fat Al Gore and his 10,000 sq ft home, frequent jet flights, huge SUV for daily driver, and flatulence from massive quantity of food he eats.
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