Saw fewer butterflies this summer than ever before. The honeybee nest that thrived under our garden shed for several seasons disappeared. Red hornets, however, were in their usual healthy supply, as were mosquitos, ticks & chiggars.
This is very disturbing and a message I have been heralding for over 40 years. I did not have research to prove it but by personal observations I knew that our insects were declining and there was a problem. Dr. E O Wilson said that insects is what fuels the world. Not only wildlife but over a billion people depend on insects for their protein. Only the most myopic would not recognize the connection, the problems and consequences.
Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR
From: Janine Perlman
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2018 2:59 PM
Subject: We're not just imagining the insect decline
...or its impact on Arkansas birds, or the rest of the natural world on which we rely. "Hyperalarming" is not hyperbole.