Disappearing Bugs

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JamesR
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Disappearing Bugs

Post by JamesR » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:54 am

study shows massive insect loss

The canary in this mine we call Earth isn't looking too hot?

latearlyFI
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Re: Disappearing Bugs

Post by latearlyFI » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:19 am

So I plant a vege garden every spring. This year my veggies would flower eg cucumber and zuchinni and then no fruit would happen. I researched and came to the conclusion it was a lack of pollination. I have only seen one Bee at the beginning of spring and then we found it dead in the driveway. Since then I've been planting lot's of pollinators and setting up a Bee hotel in the hopes of attracting more bees. I've only seen 2 since. I've also tried to pollinate the plants myself unsuccessfully. It is really disturbing. Any other gardeners seen this as well?

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Re: Disappearing Bugs

Post by jacob » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:50 am

Indeed! I remember summers from 20 years ago where the garden airspace was thick with flying buzzers. Now seeing a single bee in the garden is sufficiently significant to constitute a facebook post. How ironic!

But yes, the insect apocalypse is a real thing. Thanks neonicotinoids. The way I usually wake people (over 35) up to this fact is to make them compare the amount of bugsplatter on their car windscreens back then compared to now.

Might not be too long before mechanical pollinization is part of agrofarming practices.

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Re: Disappearing Bugs

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:26 pm

I absolutely believe it is happening, but I am not currently experiencing any difficulties with insect population in my very messy, quite damp, very fertile poly-cultures. In fact, my forearms are covered with miscellaneous bug bites (tick, ant, spider-mite), and I am a bit worried about West Nile confirmation in region.

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Re: Disappearing Bugs

Post by chenda » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:24 pm

jacob wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:50 am
The way I usually wake people (over 35) up to this fact is to make them compare the amount of bugsplatter on their car windscreens back then compared to now.
Yes! I'd forgotten all about that and I'm only 36 :o

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Re: Disappearing Bugs

Post by The Old Man » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:59 pm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_ ... e_disorder

About problems with the honey bee. Has been going on for some time now.

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