County Limerick Beekeepers' Association
Celebrating 60 years of organised beekeeping

Long-term German study on flying insect
biomass and its relevance to us:

The following should be bourne in mind:

One nightmare scenario...

We are aleady seeing a corresponding decrease in numbers of insectivorous birds, bats etc.. If the trend of these sharp declines in both flying insects and their predators continues beyond a critical point, it will be flying insects that return before their predators. Those that do return will certainly be of low species-diversity and adapted to conditions we have created and which are unfavourable most other species. And, in the abscence of sufficient natural predators, they are also likely to be a major public nuiscance so we will inevitably hear calls for yet further use of insecticides.