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Rhiannon12866

(211,742 posts)
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 04:45 AM Jun 3

Will Insects Go Extinct & Take Us With Them? - Thom Hartmann



More and more insect species are going extinct, but before you celebrate the end of bug bites you must understand, if insects go extinct, the crops we need to survive will not be pollinated, and we will run out of food. Is this the end of humanity?
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rampartc

(5,751 posts)
1. i am on my way to the garden right now
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 05:13 AM
Jun 3

with the intention of putting the tomato hornworm on an endangered species list. with my boots.

rampartc

(5,751 posts)
4. i only found 1
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 05:45 AM
Jun 3

and he was on a scraggly cherry tomato that i was thinking of playing out anyway. he will grow into a rather spectacular hawk moth.

i don't know what the luna moths eat, but they usually show up around 4th of july. daytime i'm getting all three kinds of swallowtails and the frittalaries.

i generally do not use pesticide or herbicide, but i agree with hartmann, just a few years ago the azalias would be swarming with honey bees and bumble bees. this year, not so much.

Rhiannon12866

(211,742 posts)
6. When we were kids, my brother and I saved caterpillars, put them in jars with leaves and watched them build cocoons
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 05:51 AM
Jun 3

Most of them emerged as moths, but we also got a few butterflies.

rampartc

(5,751 posts)
7. i did that as a kid, in a gallon pickle jar
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 06:19 AM
Jun 3

covered with cheezecloth held on with a rubber band.

that is a great pre k (? i think very young anyway) project that i have not been able to replicate as an adult. i tend to leave the jars (which are now plastic milk gallons) in the sun a bit long. i imagine i am due some karma for that one.

Rhiannon12866

(211,742 posts)
8. I remember in first grade some kids brought in caterpillars like we had and one of got loose and I found it
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 06:24 AM
Jun 3

I intended to save it and bring it home, put it in my desk, but the teacher found out and made me give it back.

John1956PA

(2,985 posts)
3. "The Hellstrom Chronicle" (1971)
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 05:38 AM
Jun 3

That movie was a pseudo-documentary designed to shock the audience as to the threat of insects destroying humanity. It seemed to be serious, but it was done for the sake of entertainment and giving the audience a harmless scare.

Magoo48

(4,812 posts)
9. It's a great topic for light banter. Personally, I hope mosquitoes and fleas go first.
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 09:01 AM
Jun 3

I remember times of the year when cleaning bugs off the windshield was a daily occurrence. Hummmm. Where have all the tiny beasties gone? I do miss the magnificent birds now missing due to lack of food. Pity that.

The light banter thing is the way we deal with so many things these days, existential things which hang over humanity like Damocles’ old sword.

Yeah well, I like to see what I’m breathing. Oh shit, look at the lawn; it’s time to ROUND UP those weeds again. Hey Pop, look at the crop duster. That’s so kool.

Lulu KC

(2,673 posts)
10. I am pretty amazed
Mon Jun 3, 2024, 12:12 PM
Jun 3

I've seen some faces when people mention "insect apocalypse"--they look like it means the insects are going to come and kill us. War on nature, baby. It's our species' thing.

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