The global insect population rapidly declined in the 2000s by 90% and nothing has been done about it.

The global insect population rapidly declined in the 2000s by 90% and nothing has been done about it.

Anyone else have fond memories of how it used to be?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Old enough to remember the truth behind the gas station window squeegee.

    The real purpose of these things? To scrap dead insects off the front window, and yes, they were 100% necessary.
    It was impossible to drive anywhere without getting bugs on the window. Now you can drive hundreds of miles and never see one bug hit the car. I thought it was cause cars are more streamlined, but now I think it's cause all the bugs are gone.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >you can drive hundreds of miles and never see one bug hit the car
      That's an exaggeration. You may not notice but the splats accumulate at a low rate.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I really wish we could all come together as one and eradicate mosquitos from the face of the earth. Men united are invincible.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw reading this thread while listening to the crickets chirping outside

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been a supporter of selective insect genocide since the first time I got a tick on my balls. My opinion has only become stronger with time, as I have now also been bit on the asshole and dickhole, as well as on my balls and shaft many other times. Fuck mosquitoes, fuck ticks, and fuck chiggers. If we have to give up some golden speckled aardvark or some shit to be rid of them, so be it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonmouse

      Insects don't go extinct and that's a fact

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Boomer anons, is it true that you regularly had to clean your windshields from the amount of dead insects that would constantly hit it?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      no
      there were specific places that had lots of insects at certain times, and those places still have lots of insects at those times. But it's not any different now from then as far as I can tell. If you drive across the western US you're going to get a windshield full of bugs.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They're coming back hard this year. Fuck I hate bugs. They don't even gross me out, they're just fucking annoying. Let me hear the birds you annoying fucks, and stop biting me and landing in my eye and giving me a fever and ruining my food.
    How can I contribute to whatever was killing them previously?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonmouse

      Suck a dick

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    in this summer there was so much drought that I saw only one dragonfly on my balcony. Very sad

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i saw a bunch a couple months ago

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got stung in the side of my head by a wasp the other day hiding in a light fixture by my garage. FUCK insects.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I know bugs are annoying but if they're gone that pretty much means extinction for a lot of species. I blame Monsanto and their insecticides.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sacrifices must be made anon

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        retard

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember my sidewalk being covered in these weird ass fuzzy caterpillars that constantly got squashed by joggers and cyclists and just general walking. It was fun collecting the ones that weren't all gooey and dead.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >early 2000s
    >just moved to America
    >never seen fireflies before
    >swarms of them used to light up the evening, what a magical feeling
    >used to go out to the hills behind our apartment complex with the other kids and try to catch them
    >can barely see one or two at a time nowadays
    🙁

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not a fond memory, but remember driving on country roads with a car, the windshield and the front of the car were thickly crusted with dead insects afterwards.
    Today you can drive for hours and have about one or two dead insects. Recently found it's a phenomenon with a Wikipedia entry.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windshield_phenomenon

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      drive in washington.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      People stopped driving 90s cars and stopping getting 90s car bug supplies.

      • 2 months ago
        Geese

        https://i.imgur.com/JOSFqHg.jpg

        Not a fond memory, but remember driving on country roads with a car, the windshield and the front of the car were thickly crusted with dead insects afterwards.
        Today you can drive for hours and have about one or two dead insects. Recently found it's a phenomenon with a Wikipedia entry.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windshield_phenomenon

        the truth is those bugs have finally figured out to not fly out infront of cars

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Vehicles are more aerodynamic now.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >The research also found that modern cars, with a more aerodynamic body shape, killed more insects than boxier vintage cars.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          yeah that makes sense

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I read this a few months ago and laughed. It's so obviously bullshit. Fucking malthusians man.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >20 years ago
    >step out in my rural front yard
    >a bee on every flower, ladybugs swarming on everything, butterflies fluttering everywhere
    >giant moths would fly around utility poles
    >now
    >an occasional emaciated little bee flying around, no insects whatsoever on the ground but a few grasshoppers, can count the butterflies I see every week on my hand
    >barely any moths and they're all tiny species

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >20 years ago
      >quiet at night never have spiders roaming around my house
      >now
      >crickets serenade me to sleep
      >murder spiders every time i go to get a snack
      I found your insects.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    And motherfuckers want us to eat the rest of them.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I haven’t seen a Christmas beetle in so long bros...

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think we should kill all bugs. It's not just the bites or stings, but they're annoying and I hate the feeling of bugspray on my skin. We are better off without them.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No way, where? Article?
    Those retards poop frass

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They can't make us eat the bugs if there are no more bugs left

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How the hell does any thinking person believe that we can have accurate numbers on something like this oh but also we are constantly discovering species we never knew existed?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      because everyone remembers windshields after driving across the state then vs now. you don't need accurate discrete counts for "there's a lot less around here" to be accurate with millions of independent confirmations

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        totally unrelated to the fact that almost all traffic is now directed to interstates that are elevated and situated away from wetlands and are often lined with enormous lights way up in the air.

        no possible way something about how or where we drive changed since the 80's.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's the same in the UK though. We've all noticed it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        accurate

        totally unrelated to the fact that almost all traffic is now directed to interstates that are elevated and situated away from wetlands and are often lined with enormous lights way up in the air.

        no possible way something about how or where we drive changed since the 80's.

        road hasn't changed in at least one case, just the amount of guts on the windshield

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        mandela effect

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    Anonymous
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    Anonymous
  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was bad for the last 10 years, but in recent years there are lots of insects in my garden, probably helps that there arent much pesticides and that all the flowers here are growing without getting mowed down every weekend and are plants that are actual native to the country
    Still not as many butteflies as before (they are pussies), but I love hearing the crickets every evening and I even saw some lightning bugs recently, the first time since 15 years or something

    Fuck the farmers protesting in the netherlands btw, fat pigs going apeshit because they have to poison the soil and decimate every living being in the area around their shit crops a little less

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's pretty much why I haven't mowed my lawn in months because these little critters need a fucking home to go to; now that there's a fertilizer shortage, farmers will have to resort using manure of some sort, instead artificial shit.

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    even back in 2010 it was better, sitting here in 2022 its just so depressingly silent when i walk in the forest, so little life beforehand i could turn over a rock and find multiple critters, not so much anymore

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I now want to know how old this board is

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Old enough to post here agent.

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you're in north america, the best thing you can grow for insects are common sunflowers. Literally any Helianthus. There are even a few garden varieties of goldenrod that make great companions with sunflowers. Better yet, give oaks a try. They host over 500 species of butterflies and moths (depending on your location). If you can't do oak, try a local native cherry or willow species. Also, keeping leaf litter around ia great for insects! Mulch your garden with the leaves you rake up in fall.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Are there any plants that repel bugs?

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Anyone else have fond memories of how it used to be?
    exactly the same

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I actually can. Saddest thing to think about are all the butterflies we'd see in my grandpa's garden and comparing to how many I see now.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      that's probably a garden issue then, my garden is filled to the brim with at least 3 different kinds of butterflies. There are 7 on my lavender next to me right now.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Some rare butterflies have actually been reported to be more common in recent years supposedly because the weather is warmer

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    nobody here was born before 2000, including you.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >nothing has been done about it
      Okay, what's your proposal to repopulate the insects?

      I hate what zoomers did to this site and you should shove a knife in your asshole

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >you should shove a knife in your asshole
        whatever gay
        I'm the oldest person itt and I don't recall there being more bugs around in the past.

        you guys are children. Like literally. I've got kids older than your parents.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          post the first 3 digits of your ssn

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            544

            Oregon baby, prior to 73

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              now post your favorite discontinued snack

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Okay, what's your proposal to repopulate the insects?
        eat them

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        my plan is 2:1 crop to insectary, and all orchard trees gilded

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      kys zoomer

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      repent zoomer

      • 2 months ago
        Anonmouse

        The audacity of facebook

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    yes. i miss growing up in the 80s and being whisked away by a swarm of locusts every time i stepped outside. they would carry me to school, where i would be greeted by the local cockroach family.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >he didn't have pillbug neighbors who would greet you with a smile every time you came home from school

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        pillbugs weren't allowed to drink from the same fountains as the other insects.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          well, i lived in a lower middle-class neighborhood, you see

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          That's because they're crustaceans.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            crustaceans are insects.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              > crustaceans are insects
              They aren't.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                they are. stop being a moron.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Stop being a garden gnome.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                trilobros, why did we lose?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Because megabites are clearly better.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                The "pancrustaceans" (a term made up to cope with the fact that insects are crusteaceans) is a group inclouding the hexapods (insects, springtsils and some clades nobody cares about). Insects are closer related to some group of crusteaceans, than other crustaceans.

                It is the same situation with whales being ungulates.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                yes

                the problem with cladistics is that the MRCA is invariably one or the other or both sister clades.

                so the most recent common ancestor of insects and crustaceans was either an insect or a crustacean or both.

                just like the most recent common ancestor of humans and chimps was a human or a chimp or both. meaning humans are chimps no matter how you cut it under cladistic rules. just like insects are crustaceans. This is a paradox.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                It sounds like cladistic rules are fucking stupid.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                yes, yes they are yet there are not better methods and its all we got for now

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                chud

              • 2 months ago
                Anonmouse

                That's because they're crustaceans.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Crabs are more closely related to insects
                >Arachnids are more closely related to your eardrums when you sleep at night
                This blew my fucking mind.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Arthropods is the word he's looking for

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://soranews24.com/2013/02/08/giant-underwater-pill-bug-refuses-to-eat-for-4-years-scientists-puzzled-why-its-being-such-a-jerk/

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >i protest my enslavement for your amusement
          >i will live free or die in this gilded cage

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >take it from its natural habitat and lock it up for years
          >it goes in a hunger strike
          Yeah, IT’S the one being a jerk.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://soranews24.com/2014/02/17/%e3%80%90obituary%e3%80%91-giant-isopod-no-1-found-dead-after-more-than-five-years-of-not-eating/
          ;__;

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Rest in power lil guy

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