Insects are disappearing in India, and we don't even have data -Geetha Iyer

-Mongabay.com

* According to scientists, 40 percent of insect species are likely to become extinct globally in the coming years. Indian entomologists agree that India is already witnessing a slump in insect numbers.

* Pollination, biological control, food provisioning, recycling organic matter, producing honey, silk, lac, medicines and food are just some of the reasons why we need insects.

* Scientists rue the lack of adequate information and documentation on insects in India. The Fauna of British India (FBI), published in the early 20th century, is the only comprehensive document on Indian insects till date.

When was the last time an insect fell in your soup? Or down your collar under a bright street lamp? Insects rarely land on window panes on a rainy night or buzz about in the sun, nowadays. If you think that’s a good thing, think again.

There are approximately 5.5 million insect species buzzing, creeping and crawling across planet earth. However, a scientific review of records recently published in the journal Biological Conservation reveals that up to 40 percent of insect species worldwide are likely to become extinct in the coming years. And, entomologists say that is bad news.

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Mongabay.com, 11 June, 2019, https://india.mongabay.com/2019/06/insects-are-disappearing-in-india-and-we-dont-even-have-data/?fbclid=IwAR17y2ti35TolFlgsc7lunDa0meUCNo2bTIj3nVqmkmzUkJrZRPcipsGZag

 

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