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What if all Insects Died?

December 3rd, 2015

What if all Insects Died?

“If insects were to disappear, the world would fall apart — there’s no two ways about it,” said Goggy Davidowitz, a professor in the departments of entomology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.

Although the world would “fall apart,” there would be no pesky mosquito bites or fleas on dogs. Insect spread diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, which affects millions and kills hundreds of thousands of people a year would be over.

There are most certainly pro’s and con’s of losing insects. One of the biggest cons would be that approximately 80% of the world’s plant life is angiosperms, which means in order to reproduce they have to have pollen physically transferred to one another, which without inspects would not happen.

Between 50% to 90% of the human diet, depending on the country, comes directly from flowering (angiosperm) plants.

 

Global climate change, is also throwing off the synchronicity of insect hatchings and flower blooms in the spring. In 2014, the journal Current Biology revealed that “the spider orchid and its pollinator, the miner bee, have become out of sync with climate change causing the bee to emerge too early in the flower’s cycle.”

Overall, times are tough for many insects right now, so it’s important that we make sure they do not die off.

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