Worldwide insect declines: An important message, but interpret with caution

Simmons, Benno I., Balmford, Andrew, Bladon, Andrew J., Christie, Alec P., De Palma, Adriana, Dicks, Lynn V. ORCID:, Gallego-Zamorano, Juan, Johnston, Alison, Martin, Philip A., Purvis, Andy, Rocha, Ricardo, Wauchope, Hannah S., Wordley, Claire F. R., Worthington, Thomas A. and Finch, Tom (2019) Worldwide insect declines: An important message, but interpret with caution. Ecology and Evolution, 9 (7). pp. 3678-3680. ISSN 2045-7758

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A recent paper claiming evidence of global insect declines achieved huge media attention, including claims of “insectaggedon” and a “collapse of nature.” Here, we argue that while many insects are declining in many places around the world, the study has important limitations that should be highlighted. We emphasise the robust evidence of large and rapid insect declines present in the literature, while also highlighting the limitations of the original study.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5153


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