read a really good @newyorkermag article last night titled "Insects" its v important but I'll try and summarize it here || insects have co evolved with all natural life for the last 360 million yrs, humans only coming into the equation about 2 million yrs ago. so life as we know it has interacted, evolved, and adapted to exist with insects. Their biomass is about 300 times greater than humans, yet of the known invertebrate population (which does not account for approximately millions of species we do not yet know about), there has been about a 45% decline over the last 40 years. National Geographic says that the 6th extinction is well underway which "falls firmly on the shoulders of humans." Conversation director, Marc Vaughn, says the loss of insects will cost humans about $57 billion ANNUALLY. just pollinating our food crops (not including the flowers u see out and about) is a service worth $500 billion. Because they are "the little things that run the natural world," their decline is likely to be a large contributor to the mass loss of animals: since 1970 we have lost on average 60% of wild mammals. For every 6 wild mammals, 1 remains. This is big shit guys. It affects everything.
There are not many solutions to this as far as I can tell. But being cognizant of the bugs and finding the beauty in their ancient and miraculous prescence I think helps. Interest ultimately drives action. Learn about cool bugs that you see. The ones I've drawn here are: Delhi sands flower-loving fly, Hines emerald dragonfly, bumblebee, stag beetle, damselfy, assassin bug (they look scary but they kill bed bugs and pests!), praying mantis, queen Alexandra'sbird wing.
Try to plant native plants, and when a bug is in the house just put them outside! :) (trust me they scare the shit out of me too but I would rather live in a balanced world than a forever decaying one). ****for sale****
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