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View Poll Results: Are you seeing a decline in the number of insects where you live?
yes, definitely 30 37.50%
no 43 53.75%
can't really say that i've paid enough attention to say 4 5.00%
other 3 3.75%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-17-2019, 07:02 AM
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I wish the wasps, hornets and mosquitoes will decline.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:01 AM
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I fly-fish and I've just about given up this year due to a lack of fly hatches. In years past yellow Caddis flies were very abundant, but not this year. We also had an unusual weather event late winter with a heavy, wet snowfall that broke a lot of tree branches, caused mud slides and flooded the river with a lot of woody debris coming down stream. That might of contributed to low hatches.
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:54 AM
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Here is a little visitor I had yesterday. Recently I have also observed some Monarch butterflies; hopefully they will stay away from my visitor!

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Old 09-19-2019, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by uggabugga View Post
it could, but probably not in my direct experience. my old truck is not very aerodynamic..

i can recall driving across parts of texas in the middle of the night years ago and fireflies would smash into the windshield every few minutes and leaving glowing goo behind.
Interesting, I live where there's tons of fireflies and never had that happen, but I do remember a couple of times when driving in the southwest when I drove into a swarm of some kind of bugs that covered the whole windshield, couldn't see and had to pull off with other drivers to clean them off. Ugh.

As for the OP's questions, no, we are not seeing a reduction in any insects where we are. Plenty of bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, butterflies, ants, spiders, gnats, flies, stink bugs, you name it, they're at my house. We live in a wooded neighborhood with plenty of streams and ponds.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:56 AM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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In my area of SWFL, pollinators have been in abundance, which are the insects I work alongside the most. Along with honeybees, native bees and butterflies have been busy in our yard. We don’t live in an HOA and have many native and non-native plants they use for nectar. I don’t use pesticides or herbicides and sterile, manicured lawns that use both poisons are not the norm in our neighborhood.

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Old Yesterday, 11:53 PM
Location: Putnam County, TN
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No, we have not seen a decline in insects here. Hotter summers, ten months of warm weather and an increasing number of days with 55F+ highs are adding more and more room for insects to reproduce and compete without wiping one another out. Also, numerous invasive species are getting on my nerves; I've yet to notice any Asian Lady Beetles this year and saw rather few last year, but they were everywhere prior, and those Stink Bugs are already worse in the house than any other winter combined.

I wish the birds, ants and frogs would increase in number too and eat all these nasty pests. Maybe if those Texas Brown Tarantulas find a way across the Mississippi River, they'll finally spread into Tennessee and give those invasive species some serious competition (not to mention threaten dangerous natives like mice and brown recluse).
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