Two pieces of bad news when it comes to insects

The first is a study, as reported in the Guardian newspaper, whose results found that three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, which has shocked scientists.

“The cause of the huge decline is as yet unclear, although the destruction of wild areas and widespread use of pesticides are the most likely factors and climate change may play a role. The scientists were able to rule out weather and changes to landscape in the reserves as causes, but data on pesticide levels has not been collected.”

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The second is a study whose research found that 75 percent of honey around the world is contaminated with pesticides.

  • In a sampling of honey collected around the world, the majority of samples were found to be contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides
  • Nearly 200 honey samples were tested, with neonicotinoids found in 75 percent of them
  • Forty-five percent of the samples contained two or more of the pesticides, while 10 percent contained four or five
  • In separate research, queen bees exposed to neonicotinoids were 26 percent less likely to lay eggs

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