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View Poll Results: Are you seeing a decline in the number of insects where you live?
yes, definitely 26 38.81%
no 35 52.24%
can't really say that i've paid enough attention to say 3 4.48%
other 3 4.48%
Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-20-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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Hardly. I just found a swarm of thousands of bees (likely Africanized) on the side of my farm house today.
Mysteriously all bees are gone as of today.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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Mysteriously all bees are gone as of today.
Their scouts found a good place for a hive, so they all moved over there. It's normal behavior.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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No bees (sadly), but tons of ants, flies and mosquitoes.

Also, less gypsy moths than last year, thankfully!
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:01 AM
 
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it wasn't all that long ago that in summertime i would have to repeatedly scrub tons of smashed bugs off my vehicles. that just doesn't seem to happen any more at least in my experience. sure, there are plenty of mosquitos i have to contend with in my yard, and masses of katydids that you never actually see still roar in the trees every night from early july through early September, but overall i'm just seeing far fewer bugs around than i used to. just wondering if other people are noticing something similar where they live.
The bugs here will carry you away. They must have left your area and headed here!
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:13 PM
 
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Insect numbers are plummeting big time in my corner of Ohio, fast. Compared to 2012 it feels like insect Armageddon, flying insects are beyond being decimated. Silent nights in the middle of summer give me feeling of impending doom. I remember 2012 when intense insect sounds filled the air. I have a sizable chunk of land I do not touch, fruit trees, garden but my efforts make little difference in the culture of comprehensive sterilization.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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There used to be so many buffalo gnats in my area that I had to mow the lawn at a brisk trot. And that's after dousing myself with vanilla extract. I haven't been bitten by one in years, and I can't imagine why they would disappear.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Insect numbers are plummeting big time in my corner of Ohio, fast. Compared to 2012 it feels like insect Armageddon, flying insects are beyond being decimated. Silent nights in the middle of summer give me feeling of impending doom. I remember 2012 when intense insect sounds filled the air. I have a sizable chunk of land I do not touch, fruit trees, garden but my efforts make little difference in the culture of comprehensive sterilization.
Same here. Aggressive application of herbicides on lawns and farms is surely part of the root cause.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:25 AM
 
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Forty years ago we had swarms of moths, June bugs and other night-time flying insects which would land on the screens beside our porch light. Nowadays, we only have a small fraction of that--only 5 to 10% of the former numbers at most (and probably less than 5%!). Anyone who hasn't noticed the decline hasn't been watching over the long term--and 40 years is a short period of time in the scheme of things.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:05 AM
 
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The bugs here will carry you away. They must have left your area and headed here!
where is 'here'?

although i'm seeing far fewer insects overall than i used to, this year, for the first time, I've seen 3 very large eyed elaters (click beetles):

https://marksolock.files.wordpress.c.../749668001.jpg
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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one less cicada.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/loca...657709.html#10
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