In The New York Times, Jim Robbins looks at how the Monarch butterfly, whose arrival usually coincides with the Mexican holiday called the Day of the Dead, didn't show up. Those few that did arrive, made it over a week late, "in record-low numbers."
Another insect in serious trouble is the wild bee, which has thousands of species. Nicotine-based pesticides called neonicotinoids are implicated in their decline, but even if they were no longer used, experts say, bees, monarchs and many other species of insect would still be in serious trouble.
Thats because of another major factor that has not been widely recognized: the precipitous loss of native vegetation across the United States.
Theres no question that the loss of habitat is huge, said Douglas Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware, who has long warned of the perils of disappearing insects. We notice the monarch and bees because they are iconic insects, he said. But what do you think is happening to everything else?
|Fallout Shelters for a New Generation|
|The Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens|
|Electric Cars as Power Storage for the Electric Grid|
|“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”|
|"These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells."|
|“Every human being on this planet will be completely redundant within a decade.”|
|“These planets are more likely to look like giant eyeballs whose gaze is forever fixed on their host star.”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“A new privacy scandal that’s getting far less attention.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“The Amish use us as an experiment.”|
|“Single use forever launch clock.”|
|When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Amateur-Built Electric Car Going After Record Set by Tesla|
|“Without any security company in the world recognizing that it even existed.”|