Not Just Bees, All Insects are in Decline and Heading for Extinction

Insects on DisplayAlex Pietrowski, Staff
Waking Times

Researchers are feverishly working to understand the global die off of the world’s bee species, and have linked colony collapse disorder to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides along with other common agrichemicals. As it turns out, the impact of modern industrial agriculture and widespread chemical contamination of our environment is not just affecting bees, but also contributing to the loss of all insects, and some scientists believe we are moving in the direction of mass extinction.

Several studies by entomologists in recent years support this notion and raise the flag for greater concern. German researchers with the Krefeld Entomological Association have since 1989 been conducting an annual experiment measuring the volume of summer insects in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Trapping migratory and mating insects in the wild has proven there is indeed a significant reduction in populations of many species of invertebrates.

“The average biomass of insects caught between May and October has steadily decreased from 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds) per trap in 1989 to just 300 grams (10.6 ounces) in 2014.” [Source]

A decline this noteworthy should be of great concern for anyone interested in the future of food production and the survival of the ecosystem as a whole, as insects are not only needed for pollination of many staple food crops, they also provide food for many animals and birds, who would follow bugs into extinction.

“The decline is dramatic and depressing and it affects all kinds of insects, including butterflies, wild bees, and hoverflies.” – Martin Sorg, an entomologist from the Krefeld Entomological Association

Additionally, another recent study conducted by researchers from theTechnical University of Munich and the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt supports and substantiates previous research. Observing a nature reserve in the Bavarian city of Regensburg scientists found that, “the number of recorded butterfly and Burnet moth species has declined from 117 in 1840 to 71 in 2013,” a large enough decrease to at least suggest that conservation efforts thus far have failed to contribute to the preservation of insect species.

The Frankfurt study also indicated, as a cause for such decline, the harmful, ongoing effects of the overuse of nitrogen based fertilizers and chemical pesticides which are being used in ever greater quantities around the world, produced and promoted by chemical giants like Cargill, DuPont and the globally despised Monsanto.

“These data on species composition changes and the general trends of modifications may reflect effects from climate change and atmospheric nitrogen loads, as indicated by the ecological characteristics of host plant species and local changes in habitat configuration with increasing fragmentation.” [Source]

Furthermore, another study conducted in 2014 documented a worldwide decline in insect and invertebrate populations, reinforcing concern that this issue is not limited to any specific geographical region.

“By combining data from the few comprehensive studies that exist, lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, an ecologist at Stanford University, developed a global index for invertebrate abundance that showed a 45 percent decline over the last four decades. Dirzo points out that out of 3,623 terrestrial invertebrate species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] Red List, 42 percent are classified as threatened with extinction.” [Source]

Seeking to identify the cause for such rapid declines in insect populations, a survey conducted in 2012 by the Zoological Society of London shows a staggering 45% decline in invertebrate abundance in the last four decades.

“Rodolfo Dirzo, an ecologist at Stanford University, developed a global index for invertebrate abundance that showed a 45 percent decline over the last four decades. Dirzo points out that out of 3,623 terrestrial invertebrate species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] Red List, 42 percent are classified as threatened with extinction.” [Source]

The importance of the role of insects in the global ecosystem can not be understated, as ecological collapse starts form the bottom up. Geoff Boxshall, Secretary of Zoological Society of London sums it up well here:

“Invertebrates are one of the essential foundations of healthy ecosystems that we depend on: almost every marine fi sh that forms part of the human food chain will have fed on invertebrates at some time during its development, for example. We directly consume invertebrates, such as shellfish, or their products, such as honey, but our awareness of the importance of invertebrates has generally been low, even though we rely on invertebrates to pollinate our crops, to reprocess our waste, and to deliver a multitude of other services. This situation is now changing and research has also highlighted the importance of invertebrates as regulators of ecosystem processes.” [Source]

Final Thoughts

Sadly, the burden of changing this falls squarely on the shoulders of global industry leaders, however, as individuals we can help to affect change by altering our buying habits, choosing to support organic food producers, and by creating healthy habitats for bees and other insects in our neighborhoods and communities.

Read more articles by Alex Pietrowski.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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  • BlackJack77

    Why is this happening? Because it is about depopulating the earth by destroying the vast majority of the food supply. By destroying pollinators like Bees you help destroy all the food they help to create. See National Security Memorandum 200 (Dec., 1974) for the full plan for using food as a weapon and as a way to kill off most of the world’s population through starvation.

  • Chemtrails aren’t real. Thousands of terrifying things are real and chemtrails are not one of them, they are physically impossible.

    • Bill Blasko

      Well then explain how a High Bypass Jet Engine makes a trail that grows rocket man, steam does not multiply, grow or increase at 40 below zero, so in reality see a twin jet engine plane with 4 distinct trails making U Turns and circles in pairs……….you missed the school train and think Santa is real, with Easter bunny your hero, plus you will get COPD and blame coal power., and think Fukushima has been cleaned up,Quite pathetic by making a correct statement yet showing your complete ignorance

  • Defiant

    Oh yeah…EVERY insect is about to drop dead! This report is as accurate as Global Warming is true…

    • Global Warming is overwhelmingly substantiated by science and literally the only people denying it are laymen with money to lose.

  • disqus_zwDapOspdG

    All of this news is terrible, and its only going to get worse. But we must get to the root of the problem- how do we change corporate and industrial agriculture?

  • Bill Blasko

    You can tell people don’t drive any where like the past, or have not driven motorcycle and had to clean windshield or jacket and face shield every 100 miles or less, especially along rivers and swamps. We used to keep screen in front of radiator to keep from plugging up air flow. Used to be quite disgusting,
    Not now.
    Now you can drive from middle of Montana to Seattle Washington or the Canada boarder to Mexican boarder and never need to clean the windshield or debug the jacket or face shield.
    Really don’t need to be a rocket scientist, just observant and have the ability to remember the past, not just yesterdays dinner or the fact that that dinner is not walking in the fields and the none walking food fields all have a Monsanto or equivalent sign hanging on the fence advertising the responsible party…………….
    Thank you for the Bug & Bee free drive Monsanto,

    • Klaus Schultze

      Exactly my thoughts.

  • anna miller

    I guess the Controllers assume that robots don’t need insects or food.

  • h5mind

    Scientists are not “baffled” by the bee die-off. They know perfectly well how engineered toxins eventually harm or kill all living organisms. But you will rarely hear them talk about it because there are no research grants or cushy corporate jobs waiting for scientists who buck the status quo. That, and no one with an IQ above room temperature wants to be found “suicided” with a double tap to the back of their head.

  • anonymous4u4me

    First the insects then their next of kin the politicians, then the bankers, then the lawyers then the welfare frauds, its really just a cleansing cycle and all will return to normal and we will live happily ever after. My wife and I noticed the bee’s in 1992 and tried contacting those we thought would listen, and they ignored us.


    I noticed something pleasant the other day: no anthills in my lawn. They’ve been a problem for years, with mounds every yard or two. And now…nothing. Anyone else in the south notice the ants are gone?

  • Eaglehart

    I am happy you posted this, Alex. I was telling my family, more than a decade ago, that I had noticed a sharp decline in earth worms. When I was a kid walking to elementary school on rainy mornings I remember earth worms covering the side walks all the way to school. Now, having just turned 40, when it rains I’m hard pressed to find even one. I’m also noticing a sharp decline in the amount of spiders I see. I still see them, but not nearly as many as I used to. This is the first part of the food chain, folks. I would guess that if a microbial analysis of soil around cities were to be done, we would see that declining too. This is the beginning of a catastrophic chain reaction. I believe chemtrails have a lot to do with it too!

  • Pete752

    Glyphosate, neonics and chemtrails.

  • June

    Anyone still spraying Round-Up (glyphosate) on their weeds is contributing to the bee/butterfly/insect die-off. Anyone buying foods/produce that are not 100% organic is contributing to the demise of the planet. Government does not keep an eye out on the poisons sprayed on our food and on weeds in parks and neighborhoods in order to protect the American people. In fact, government-elected politicians who are public servants,- promotes and encourages corporations who are poisoning the planet like Monsatan, Dow, Bayer, etc.. through taking huge bribes from them to NOT regulate or ban their poisons. I just read that Monsanto gave McCain over 2 million dollars in “donation” money. And, of course McCain voted for the Dark Act, meaning that we the people do not have the right to know what’s in/on our food. Buy 100% organic, otherwise you have no idea what you’re putting in your or your children’s bodies.

    It’s up to us to do the right thing. Do not support these corporations who are poisoning the planet by buying anything affiliated with their products. Buy 100% organic. Avoid toxic chemicals at all cost. No bees equals no food. Ultimately it’s your own life that you’re saving.

  • Billy Bee

    personally, I would have no qualms if the mosquito was gone forever

    • David Fiske

      I read once that they are the glue that binds it all together. Feed on rotting leaves turning them into protein for all who eat mosquitoes. A little less humans would be valuable.

      • Billy Bee

        I know they unfortunately serve a grandiose purpose.

        As for less humans, I dunno, sounds too socialist for my blood, and I’d rather give my blood to a mosquito =)

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