Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP
Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP

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Insect apocalypse: Earth losing up to 2 per cent of its bugs every year, say scientists

  • Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing massive insect decline
  • Making matters worse is that many people hate bugs, even though they pollinate the world’s foods, are crucial to the food chain and get rid of waste

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Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP
Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to an entomologist. Photo: AP
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