Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. […]

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‘Decimated’: Germany’s birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76%

A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany’s flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country’s bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade. While the causes behind the insect decline haven’t yet been conclusively studied, the PLOS ONE study suggests agricultural […]

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Marl Pennant

When it comes to dragonlfies, perhaps the Marl Pennant seems rather plain. However, I think there’s a simple beauty to them that makes it so I very much enjoy finding and photographing them. However, I think the females, being a bit lighter in color, are a little more fun.            

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UK dragonfly numbers may be down after wet winter, conservationists warn

The iridescent dragonflies that flit alongside the UK’s waterways could become a rarer sight in coming years after this winter’s deluge, the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) have warned. The mosquitoes and midges that dragonflies prey upon may increase as a result, boosted by the pools and puddles left by southern Britain’s wettest winter for […]

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Macro in kou

Vanmorgen samen met Hans Drijer de kou en nattigheid getrotseerd van de EngbertsDijksvenen. We zouden een ochtendje macro werk gaan doen. Dus driftig op zoek naar onderwerpen. Gelukkig waren die nog wel voor handen. We waren gelukkig ook zodanig vroeg dat we de zonsopkomst mee gemaakt hebben. En deze twee gecombineerd leverde m.i. fraaie beelden […]

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