Scientists estimate that 44,000 species of insects have become extinct in the last 600 years, only 70 of those extinctions have been recorded. I think that insects deserve a little more attention than what they’re getting at the moment, because scientists estimate that hundreds of thousands of insect species will go extinct in the next 50 years.
If all these insects become extinct it will destroy a vital part of the food chain which supplies everything above them in the food chain which could be disastrous for other animals. Entomologists say some insect species that they used to see all the time they haven’t seen for years. I hope that the world will pay more attention to insect species in future, or we will have a problem in the food chain.
A lot of insect pollinators are declining and heading for extinction, and the world needs to do something about it. More than 20,000 insect species are key to pollinating hundreds of billions of dollars worth of crops each year. Two out of five species of these pollinators are on the road to extinction. If it keeps on going like this, there won’t be enough diversity in crops to satisfy our daily nutritional needs.
The problem is that there isn’t one cause of this problem, some of the reasons are: farming changes, pesticides like neonicotinoid, habitat loss, disease, parasites and pathogens and global warming. One of the biggest issues is that giant areas of farmland are being devoted to one crop, not allowing enough diversity for these insects to survive. At least England now pays farmers to plant wildflowers for bees in hedge rows.
Insects are some of the fascinating close-up photo subjects out there. Good macro photos require expensive gear and a lot of time and patience. I don’t have the expensive gear, patience or time for the photos but somehow they are still pretty good. When taking macro photos you need to get very close to the insects, so you need to learn how to get close without scaring them away. This can be very hard to do with insects like butterflies because you have to get up to 2 inches away from them.
You need to learn how the insect you want to take photos of behaves, for example, butterflies and dragonflies are very skittish, on the other hand, ladybugs and many grasshoppers aren’t bothered by your presence. Learning this will make you understand what practices need to be exercised to make sure you get a good shot of the insect. Reading this article has helped me understand how to get better photos of insects, and how not to scare them away.
Insects are at a huge threat from habitat destruction, introduced species, destruction of habitats by chemical pollutants, and over harvesting. When people think of endangered, they usually think of things like pandas, whales, tigers, orangutans, and other animals. The bulk of endangered animals are actually insects!
Out of the 1255 species of insects evaluated, 600 of them are at risk from extinction. In the U.S. 48 of them are listed as endangered and threatened. When all the plants that the plant-eating insects feed on are gone, all the plant-eating insects will die, meaning there is no food for the carnivorous insects either.
The number of insects on our planet has gone down by 45% since the 70’s. Why don’t people care about a resource that’s so valuable? Every 4 years 600 of the top entomologists meet in New York to help convince the public of the importance of insects. They are trying to change the world’s image of the creepy crawlies.
Just before the meeting scientists published a paper concluding that the population of insects has almost halved, while human numbers have doubled, from 3.7 billion to 7.25 billion. This paper marks the first attempt to work out what is happening to insects around the world. other studies say that one-quarter of insects are endangered, but it turns out they underestimate the problem ahead.