It may be all our fault!

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It may be all our fault!

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/car-splatometer-test...

So how many midges were there years ago?

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I always feel a bit guilty when cleaning the windscreen after a blat, even with the aero on I splat at least 20 `bees`. There are at least one billion vehicles on the world`s roads so probably at least twenty billion splats per day (probably a lot more on trucks etc)... makes you wonder don`t it.

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Jonathan

 

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I have left some trees covered in ivy for insects and wildlife. They look a bit of a mess and I am sure it doesn't do the trees much good but it's a balance I suppose. 

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Benefits >> Harms.

Any wrens yet?

Jonathan

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I haven't noticed wrens. There's a woodpecker somewhere up there though. It is hammering all day but I hadn't spotted it yet.

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"... spotted... "

:-)

Jonathan

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and I wasn't even trying :)

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As a fly fishing addict I am fascinated by entomology and as part fo our river management I am part of a team which  does regular surveys of insects which spend the early part of their lives under water before transforming themselves into mayflies ( other less diva like insects are available ) . . We kick sample - wade across river for 3 minutes , shuffling our feet to disturb bugs which we catch in a fine net as they are borne by the current. 

It is fascinating - we rough count and identify  bugs then return them to the water. Counts of several hundred are common ,  thousand plus less so , but in the right water at the right time this does  happen . There is a lot of lazy journalism  about insect decline - it is far from being one picture nationwide  . Some waters have declined catastrophically but the best of my local rivers are hugely bounteous. 

But bugs on screens ? Massive decline - but varies on area . I remember my Seven screen being almost opaque after a run in the Borders.

 

 

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Have these Danish observeres considered the changing aerodynamics of carscsince their studies started. I go out in th3 Caterham and certainly collect may bugs on the screen. Yet in my Elise and  330 collect hardly any, so there certainly needs to be some calibration of the “gauge” here. 

Wilt

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As a fly fishing addict I am fascinated by entomology and as part fo our river management I am part of a team which  does regular surveys of insects which spend the early part of their lives under water before transforming themselves into mayflies ( other less diva like insects are available ) . . We kick sample - wade across river for 3 minutes , shuffling our feet to disturb bugs which we catch in a fine net as they are borne by the current. 

It is fascinating - we rough count and identify  bugs then return them to the water. Counts of several hundred are common ,  thousand plus less so , but in the right water at the right time this does  happen . There is a lot of lazy journalism  about insect decline - it is far from being one picture nationwide  . Some waters have declined catastrophically but the best of my local rivers are hugely bounteous. 

But bugs on screens ? Massive decline - but varies on area . I remember my Seven screen being almost opaque after a run in the Borders.

Blimey John, I take my hat off to you! My entomology extends no further than the biggest, fattest dry daddy longlegs....but the trout still fall for it!!

Malcolm