How many of us afraid of cockroaches? Or how many of us love to post a beautiful photo with a butterfly? I do! However, I would strongly advise the readers to fulfill your dream of taking a picture with the butterflies, since perhaps you won’t ever get to see a butterfly ever.
Various environmentalists and ecologists are introducing a new terminology in the scientific community known as ‘unnoticed insect apocalypse.’ The term is extracted from a report which suggests that half of the diversified insects are already lost since 1970, and the rest is on the verge of extinction, primarily due to the way how we treat them. The report stated that more than 40% of the 1million known species of insects are facing extinction.
The United Kingdom is one of the countries under the spotlight which studies the insect behavior extensively on the grounds f their ecology. The research, mainly based on the primary data of the United Kingdom, revealed that almost 23 bee and wasp species had been washed out since the last century, and the millions of the remaining are cornered to extinction. While the population of the unique UK butterflies has declined by 77% since 1970, the community of the common genetic butterflies has stepped down by 46%. Apart from the butterflies, the report also claimed that they found a 93% trough on the flycatcher population, which used to eat only flying insects since 1967.
So, what bothers us? Who cares what happens to the insect population?
Here is the issue. Can we do integration without learning numbers? No, because numbers are the fundamental building blocks of mathematics. Similarly, in the case of an ecological tropic level, insects frame the fundamental block, which allows the fabrication of the higher tropic levels. If they disappear, none of us shall survive.
Gary Mantle, chief executive of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “This unnoticed apocalypse should set alarms ringing. We have put at risk some of the fundamental building blocks of life. But insects and other invertebrates can recover quickly if we stop killing them and restore the habitats they require to thrive. We all need to take action now in our gardens, parks, farms, and places of work.”
It seems the planet is just incepting to experience the sixth mass extinction in the history in which animals possessing higher body weight are getting vulnerable quickly. The phenomenon is not only observed in the UK but in various other countries such as Germany and Puerto Rico, where they have tagged the ‘aspect as the catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.’
A beautiful way to address the problem is by ‘rewilding’ the gardens and the parks. The assertion aims to develop the natural parks and the gardens into specialized parks, which shall conserve the ecosystem. There are already nature lovers who are tuning their garden with the insect habitats so that they can allow the insects to thrive. However, there is a dire backdrop behind the happening as Goulson said, “The bigger challenge is farming – 70% of Britain is farmland. No matter how many gardens we make wildlife-friendly, if 70% of the countryside remains largely hostile to life, then we are not going to turn around insect decline.”
Various pieces of literature describe that it is possible to have the same yield of crops without using the volume of pesticides that are currently being employed. We have to shift to the cutting down the usages of pesticides by implementing loftier taxes on these chemicals. In the same tone, as Sweden and France are currently doing, we should use improved precision agriculture, which endorses the usages of the minimal amount of pesticides and insecticides. Matt Shardlow, chief executive of the charity Buglife, said: “The very latest research shows that quality habitats [in the UK] are so isolated that most invertebrate species are failing to move north to keep track with the climate envelope in which they can survive. Restoring networks of habitats for insects is now a number one priority.”
Let’s together bring about the changes and prove that on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.