In just 10 years, the drop of the number of species of insects has dropped by 1/3. Scientists are warning that the planet is facing an insect extinction worse then they had previously feared.
Between 2008 and 2017, around one million insects were collected from 200 sites in Germany. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich carried out the collections and research.
The researches collected data and found that forested areas and grasslands has 1/3 fewer species of insects than there was 10 years ago.
The problem is, declining insect populations can have an effect on other animals in the area. Birds, and lizards can suffer because they feed off the insects. Also, many plants are pollinated by insects.
Dr. Sebastian Seibold of TUM said: ‘The fact that a large part of all insect groups is actually affected has not been clear so far.’
‘Before our survey, it was unclear whether and to what extent forests were affected by the insect decline as well.
This year, a report has warned that the total mass of insects on earth has been dropping by 2.5% a year. At this rate, insects could be wiped out within a century.
This could also wipe out other animal species that rely on insects. It would have drastic consequences on nature. Insect extinction rates are 8 times higher than mammals, reptiles, and birds.
Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, of the University of Sydney, said that this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and the survival of mankind back in February.