Saving Insects: Scientists Say Half a million Species of Insects Are Endangered

One million species of plants and animals on Earth, half of them insects, could be wiped out, scientists warned Monday. “The current insect extinction crisis is extremely worrying, ” said Pedrio Cardoso, a biologist at the Finnish Museum of Natural History and lead writer of the study, “but all we know is the tip of the iceberg.”

Saving Insects: Scientists Say Half a million Species of Insects Are Endangered

Insects that can fly, crawl, dig holes, jump and walk on the water are reported to be part of a collective extinction event. This is only the sixth extinction event in the past 500 million years, the last time it was 66 million years ago, when a space rock wiped out dinosaurs and other forms of life.

And this extinction may be related to human activity.

“Almost all the insect population decline and extinction is due to human activity,” Cardoso said. “

The report points out that the main causes of insect extinction are habitat loss and degradation, followed by pollution, especially pesticide swashes, and species invasion.

In addition, overuse – more than 2,000 insect species are human food – and climate change are all causes of insect extinction.

The effects of a decrease in the number of butterflies, bees, ants, beetles, wasps, flies, crickets and crickets far outweigh their own deaths.

Scientists estimate that there are about 5.5 million species of insects, only one-fifth of which are identified and named by humans. The study, entitled “Scientists’ Warnings on The Extinction of Insects,” is said to be published in the journal Biological Protection.