There’s been an apocalypse going on right under our noses – but we can still save their world

Have you noticed there are fewer creepy-crawlies around these days? Significantly fewer. In fact, over the past 50 years, an insect apocalypse may have killed off half of the planet’s bugs. It poses a serious threat. More than 40% of insect species could permanently disappear.

Climate change, loss of natural habitats and overexposure to pesticides are among the factors contributing to the decline of insects, including once-common species of flies, butterflies, beetles, bees and numerous others. More than two-thirds of all caddisfly populations have disappeared in the past decade.

Insects are a vital food source for birds and larger animals and are essential for pollinating crops and wildflowers.

If the current rate of decline continues, it could have profound consequences for the planet and everything that lives on it – including humans.

In urban areas, it is often more challenging for insects to thrive. But there are some practical things we can all do to help.

Here is what we can do…

 

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