Where have all the insects gone?

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Its a good question. Where have all the insects gone? If you’re a gardener you would love the humble insect. Because there are so many beneficial insects such as hoverflies, bees, ladybird beetles, dragonflies and the list goes on. Nature depends upon 900,000 different types of invertebrates in order to function. Different kinds of insects buzzing, wriggling, swimming, spinning, soaring, now think about that for a minute.Hoverfly

I remember from my childhood heaps of bugs squashed onto the windscreen when you where out driving but not anymore. I’m noticing a distinct lack of insects in my environment in general. And this worries me.

Have Humans outgrown this Planet?

We the human race seem to have failed terribly to live within the environment. Also we are a consumptive, destructive, greedy and a highly poisonous society. Our activities on the planet are forcing species across the planet into extinction at a rate faster than ever. We are cooking and poisoning all life.

The Tapestry that makes up Life

The biodiversity in nature is amazing and sustainable when you work with it not against it. Everything is interconnected in nature and there is no waste. There are more than 1.7 million different forms of life that we humans know of, so there could be more found. What we see in nature now is 1.1 billion years of reproductive evolution.Butterfly

Every living thing from insects to the buffalo that would roam the prairies is a unique living thing, time tested and perfected there is no waste, no unemployment or pollution. All life exists in a habitable range of temperatures. Migrating animals can time their reproduction based on temperatures. So, in turn they will need a plentiful food supply for their offspring.

So, when temperatures spike or habitats are destroyed or poisoned, life ceases. This includes your backyard insects; without them you won’t have a good bio-diverse environment. We must protect the earths biodiversity, its tapestry of life otherwise we won’t have an environment to live in.

Why are Insects so important?

Insects perform many important functions and they are vital members of the earth’s ecosystems. Insects aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, self-regulate themselves as well as protecting some plants.
Beetles are scavengers and they feast on dead animals; they help the decomposition process of fallen trees and leaf matter. Along with many other insects and soil flora, beetles help create rich humus enabling plants to grow.
Bees, hoverflies, wasps, butterflies, ants and many more insects pollinate approximately 300,000 types of flowering plants. Insects are also food for amphibians, birds, mammals, fish and reptiles. Life on this planet cannot exist without the humble but astonishingly diverse insect.
The Hoverfly is the second most important insect on the planet after bees. There is approximately 6000 different kind of hoverflies compared to approximately 20,000 different kinds of bees.

Everyone can do their bit to help the Insects

As gardeners we can make sure that we provide wild spaces in our gardens for the insects to rest and breed on. Make sure you have insect houses, bee boxes, ponds for water insects, or watering stations, plant lots of different flowers. Remember to plant nectar rich plants and trees, also plant natives your insects will love them. Do not under any circumstances spray poisons. If the label has poisons on it do not use it. Please remember that all wildlife big or small is important for biodiversity in the natural world. Nature is truly sustainable without humans destroying it.

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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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