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The next 50 years will be especially challenging for invertebrate conservation. The twin issues of biodiversity loss and climate change are leading to a mass extinction that is unprecedented in our time. Insect populations are declining at an alarming rate and although a wide variety of animals are ...

Author(s)
Black, S. H.
Publisher
British Entomological and Natural History Society, Reading, UK
Citation
British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, 2022, 35, 3, pp 183-189
Abstract

1. The decline in insect abundance and diversity observed in many ecosystems is of major concern because of the long-term consequences for ecosystem function and stability. 2. Species in ecological communities are connected through interactions forming complex networks. Therefore, initial...

Author(s)
Kehoe, R.; Frago, E.; Sanders, D.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Entomology, 2020, 46, 4, pp 743-756
Abstract

Biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Here, we present a comprehensive review of 73 historical reports of insect declines from across the globe, and systematically assess the underlying drivers. Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction of 40% of the...

Author(s)
Sánchez-Bayo, F.; Wyckhuys, K. A. G.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Biological Conservation, 2019, 232, pp 8-27
AbstractFull Text

This paper summarize the evidence for insect declines in the UK, the drivers of trends, and interventions to support the recovery of insect populations. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, urbanization, land use intensification, pesticides, fertilizers, veterinary medicines, and climate...

Author(s)
Wentworth, J.
Publisher
British Ecological Society, London, UK
Citation
UK insect decline and extinctions, 2020, pp 12 pp.
Abstract

Several previous studies have investigated changes in insect biodiversity, with some highlighting declines and others showing turnover in species composition without net declines. Although research has shown that biodiversity changes are driven primarily by land-use change and increasingly by ...

Author(s)
Outhwaite, C. L.; McCann, P.; Newbold, T.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Nature (London), 2022, 605, 7908, pp 97-102
Abstract

To study insect decline, an important threat to biodiversity, long-term datasets are needed. Here we present a study of hoverfly (Diptera: Syrphidae) abundance and diversity in a Dutch forest, surrounded by other forests, and analyse the variation in insect numbers over four decades. Between 1982...

Author(s)
Barendregt, A.; Zeegers, T.; Steenis, W. van; Jongejans, E.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Insect Conservation and Diversity, 2022, 15, 5, pp 510-521
Abstract

The biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Numerous studies have reported the serious decline in insects that has occurred in recent decades. The same is happening with the important group of pollinators, with an essential utility for pollination of crops. Loss of insect diversity and...

Author(s)
Balmori, A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Science of the Total Environment, 2021, 767,
Abstract

Severe decline in terrestrial insect species richness, abundance, flying biomass, and local extinctions across Europe are cause for alarm. Here, we summarize this decline, and identify species affected most. We then focus on the species that might respond best to mitigation measures relative to...

Author(s)
Habel, J. C.; Samways, M. J.; Schmitt, T.
Publisher
Springer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Biodiversity and Conservation, 2019, 28, 6, pp 1343-1360
Abstract

Pollination plays a central role in both crop production and maintaining biodiversity. However, habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species and larger environmental fluctuations are contributing to a dramatic decline of pollinators worldwide. Different management solutions require knowledge of how...

Author(s)
Saavedra, S.; Bartomeus, I.; Godoy, O.; Rohr, R. P.; Zu PenGuan
Publisher
Royal Society, London, UK
Citation
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences, 2022, 377, 1853,
Abstract

Ants, termites, wasps, and bees are representatives of a small-but very successful-group of organisms that achieved the highest degree of social organization among animals, known as eusociality. Eusociality is one of the main reasons that explain the ecological dominance of these insects. Although...

Author(s)
Noll, F. B.; Nascimento, F. S.; H. Vasconcelos
Publisher
Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands
Citation
Neotropical Entomology, 2018, 47, 6, pp 729-891

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