Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > Reduce That Ecological Footprint > North American News and Current Events

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-22-2018, 08:57 PM   #1
Grub
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: NJ
Default The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

https://nyti.ms/2DMT70v

Well, this is a fascinating and troubling article.
skip1909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2018, 11:43 PM   #2
WG Prize & Gift Coordinator
 
havalotta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Default

Yes it was.

I recall LOTS of grasshoppers when you walked along roadside. This year I only saw one.
Hardly any sulfur butterflys fluttering about and only one lil greenie cat to spoil my salad. All the walking in the forest I do, not one ground nest to kick my heals over. No web worms smothering the countryside. Haven't seen a Luna moth in years and years...not many lightning bugs a flickering...Yes most certainly, quite a few are on the downfall.
__________________
The successful woman is the woman that had the chance and took it!

A walk among the elusive Whitetail Deer
havalotta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #3
Lungwort
 
Helianthus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Alexandria, VA
Default

What a troubling article. I have my little patch of habitat that is always full of insects, but some thing is just off with the whole planet.
Reading this immediately made me want to start eating all organic, but that is prohibitively expensive for me in my current situation. I just pray enough insects will remain to enrich my children's lives like they have mine.
Helianthus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2019, 09:35 PM   #4
Grub
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: NJ
Default

I pray mankind awakens from this madness of over consumption and unlimited growth and starts scaling back. The health of people and the environment and their sustainability needs to be a much bigger factor in the economic models.
skip1909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2019, 03:16 PM   #5
WG Hospitality & UAOKA recipient
 
dapjwy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by skip1909 View Post
I pray mankind awakens from this madness of over consumption and unlimited growth and starts scaling back. The health of people and the environment and their sustainability needs to be a much bigger factor in the economic models.
Madness is right.

Some people understand about materialism and over consumption, too few others have woken up to that fact. I'm hoping some positive things can come through social media to being people to their senses.
__________________
"If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar." ~ Lorrie Otto
~ A Native Backyard Blog ~
dapjwy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 10:04 AM   #6
Grub
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: NJ
Default

I read this response to the NYTimes article, yes the results of those studies are troubling but they might be a little too alarmist. Bugs arent going anywhere, but in any case we should still support our native food webs. Check out the article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/...pon-us/583018/
skip1909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2019, 03:53 AM   #7
Salamander
 
KC Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Central Ohio
Default

From the Atlantic article:

Quote:
She advises them to plant their gardens with native flowers, which promote a wider diversity of insects than neatly manicured lawns.
Native plants are a key component of helping insects. The areas I find with very little insect life are dominated by non-native invasives.
__________________

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.

George Carlin
KC Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
apocalypse, insect

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2