"Apocalypse" - A period of mass extinction threatens insects – and the world that depends on them

"Apocalypse" - A period of mass extinction threatens insects – and the world that depends on them

June 22, 20211 min read
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UConn entomologist and professor David Wagner says all kinds of insects are at risk for “a death by a thousand cuts" -- decline attributed to multiple factors, including the climate crisis, agricultural intensification, development, deforestation, and the introduction of exotic and invasive species into new environments.


He discusses the threats to the world's insect populations in this compelling new video report from UConn Today:



Wagner cautions that many of these creatures will not be with us for much longer, and says people must act swiftly to help prevent these tremendous losses before it is too late.

Wagner remains hopeful, and says there are many actions that can be taken now — from encouraging political leaders to enact policy changes, to simply letting part of the front lawn grow freely to provide a food-rich environment for insects.

“This planet isn’t here for us to exploit,” Wagner says.



Dr. David Wagner is an expert in caterpillars, butterflies, moths, insect conservation, and global insect decline, and he’s available to speak with media. Simply click on his icon now to arrange an interview today.




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    David Wagner, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Behavior

    Professor Wagner is an expert in caterpillars, butterflies, moths, insect conservation, global insect decline

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