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Insects in the Anthropocene: Where Have They All Gone?

  • CIC Cambridge 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Venture Cafe Cambridge, MA 02142 (map)

Insects. They are all around us, in our homes, on our skin, in our soil, and buzzing around our ears.  They fly, they dance, they sing, they swim, they pollinate. Some are huge and some are too tiny to see with the naked eye. Some we love for their beauty, others for their important ecological function, and others simply annoy us. Regardless, their survival is directly linked to ours (and ours to theirs!) and, unfortunately, many are in steep decline.

The evidence is mounting: the west-coast population of monarch butterflies has fallen by 90% over the last 20 years; the rusty-patched bumblebee, which was once found in 28 states, has declined by 87% in the same amount of time; and flying insects in German nature reserves have decreased by 75% in 27 years. We haven’t even identified all the insects on the planet, let alone their ecological function, yet many are dying with unknown consequences. And yet, you will hear anecdotes of booming insect populations or insects spreading well beyond their historical range, impacting the crops we eat and the forests we rely on.

So, what’s going on, why does it matter, and what can we do about it? Join us at BASG’s April 2nd event to find out with featured speakers. Learn more and RSVP here.