Article published by the New York Times.
When asked recently what the “canary in the coal mine” is for ecosystem health, our colleague Jonathan Lundgren of Ecdisys Foundation said insects. Even though he is an entomologist, which may have affected his response, we agree with him. Given their position in the food chain, insects are clearly of great importance in terrestrial ecosystems. This article explains what may be happening to insect populations around the globe. It is also an excellent illustration of the benefits of citizen science, and the fact that academic scientists are not studying many of the extremely relevant issues facing us today for a variety of reasons.