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ravenbait

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Where are all the insects?
« on: 11 June, 2021, 01:20:17 pm »
I've seen two wasps and three bees so far this year. I found one of those wasps inside my pitcher plant (I'm allergic, so Pitch is doing a good job). The St Michael's flies are out in force at the moment, and I've seen a couple of cabbage whites, but no hover flies. Where have all the insects gone?

Every so often I think back to being a child, when we'd get back from a trip that involved driving at night, and you'd have to scrape the insects off the windshield and the headlights. I can't remember the last time I got a bug splat, and I can no longer rely on involuntary fly-swallowing while riding to up my protein intake.

Everyone talks about climate change, but our biodiversity is crashing, and unless it's the Amazon or fisheries, nobody seems to be talking about it.

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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #1 on: 11 June, 2021, 01:45:57 pm »

There's one going around with a Brexit wave just after the covid wave. 
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #2 on: 11 June, 2021, 01:47:49 pm »
I've just been removing ivy and failed pointing from a sandstone gable end, so I think I know where most of them are!  Seriously, though, it's a big worry.

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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #3 on: 11 June, 2021, 04:24:06 pm »
On Springwatch they were showing a citizen science project for reporting bug splats using your number plate and an app.
https://www.buglife.org.uk/news/new-bug-splatter-app-to-reveal-more-about-insect-populations/
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #4 on: 12 June, 2021, 01:12:35 am »
I think they're all in my lampshade.
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #5 on: 12 June, 2021, 09:23:50 am »
Everyone talks about climate change, but our biodiversity is crashing, and unless it's the Amazon or fisheries, nobody seems to be talking about it.

Nobody much rues the lack so it's all good. Except of course it isn't.  Over here the main collapse is due to neonicotinoids, which we banned years ago once most of the pollinators had taken a dive, only we're going to allow the beet varmers to use them otherwise we'll run out of sugar for the president's tea. Meanwhile the bees are making a timid come-back, the hornets are out in force (moving up from the south in droves and even the evil face of Marine Le Pen doesn't deter the buggers). Flies we have aplenty, ditto those nasty little bastards that look ordinary but bite and bring you up in 3"-wide lumps.

It's all one, of course, the insects, the dying forests, the burnt-out forests, the weather gone wawa, the thinning sea ice, the faltering Gulf Stream, the collapsing fish stocks*, the droughts and, some say, the pandemics.

It's time for humanity to die out, and après moi it can. Meanwhile I'll have another espresso and not think too hard about where it was grown.  I'm glad we have no grandchildren.

* and what does the term stock tell you about how the poor bloody fish are considered?
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #6 on: 12 June, 2021, 09:36:34 am »
Last year I noticed a lot more damsel/dragonflies than usual.  This year seems to be similar.

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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #7 on: 12 June, 2021, 10:55:27 am »
Saw another bee today.

The garden is weird this year. The normal succession of flowers is up the spout and everything seems to be coming out at once. We've had an invasion of campanulas, and I have no idea where they came from. I don't do much gardening, preferring to let things grow that might feed local insect populations, including nettles.

I wonder if this has anything to do with it, if the food source timetable has gone awry.

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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #8 on: 12 June, 2021, 11:02:36 am »
Strange looking weeds appear at our place which turn out to be opium poppies.
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #9 on: 14 June, 2021, 10:18:55 am »
A fair number of other bugs, but very few bees. Even walking at the weekend, through meadows of wildflowers, they were in the singular.

I've become pessimistic at this point: people don't really care. They're not going to put themselves out for climate change, they're not going to worry about bugs. I make the same joke every time, but it's true, western society's main response to climate peril thus far has been to buy bigger cars. Possibly the bees might be better off if we don't pay them much attention.
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #10 on: 14 June, 2021, 10:25:03 am »
Haven't noticed many bees or butterflies or grasshoppers or beetles, but plenty of small flying things on the Sharpness canal. Lots of bees last year though; perhaps the extended spring wasn't good for them?
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #11 on: 14 June, 2021, 10:33:08 am »
Things were quite around here (Aylesbury vale) for much of the Spring but the arrival of some warm weather has brought out bees, solitary wasps, mozzies and hoverflies.  I was just commenting yesterday that we'd not seen any tiger moths yet, which is unusual for June, and then last night there were dozens flapping about over our heads.  The Thame is bursting with hatching flies and is covered in banded demoiselles.

While I am sure there is a year on year decline, this year's weather seems to have resulted in a sudden burst of insect life in the last week or two.

Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #12 on: 19 June, 2021, 04:45:31 pm »
Yes, lots of insects in Reading. They were late (cold dry April?), & the swifts seemed to arrive late, but the swifts are noisily insect-hunting overhead now & the raspberries outside my bathroom window have been buzzing with bees for weeks. Dying down now, but that's due to most of the flowers turning into fruit. Looks like a good crop on the way. I picked a solitary ripe one a couple of days ago. And there are plenty of bees crawling into the foxgloves by the front door. When Mrs B & I went out for a walk this morning a large bee backed out of one flower coated in pollen.
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #13 on: 20 June, 2021, 01:37:53 am »
Several wasps busy building nests in my shed. I'm not too bothered, they are mostly out of the way.

And hundreds of mosquito larvae in my new pond. Should provide some food for birds, bats and newts etc.

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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #14 on: 20 June, 2021, 10:36:48 am »
I evicted a large moth from my tent this week. Looked like it was auditioning for a role in Silence of the Lambs. Also had a strange bright blue insect with orange spots crawl over me.

In non-personal anecdote, midges are said to be expanding their range southwards and ticks (yes I know they're not insects) are increasing in numbers. But there does seem to be a lot less bug-splatter.

Edit: In wonderful timing, flickr has this minute alerted me to this photo posted by Salvatore otp: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/51255592189/
So the thing that crawled on me was a humble ladybird. Looked brighter blue when I saw it though.
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Re: Where are all the insects?
« Reply #15 on: 20 June, 2021, 10:45:29 am »
In my garden: weevils, a robber fly (possibly 2), 3 different types of ladybirds (red with black spots, red with white spots, yellow with black spots), numerous flies, but most of all ladybird larvae. And aphid bodyparts (not visible to the naked eye, well not mine anyway).
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