Monday, January 21, 2019
Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished
"His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished. The most likely culprit by far is global warming.
Earth’s bugs outweigh humans 17 times over and are such a fundamental foundation of the food chain that scientists say a crash in insect numbers risks “ecological Armageddon”. When Lister’s study was published in October, one expert called the findings “hyper-alarming”.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
This is another study pointing out the importance of preserving our natural environment. Monoculture and deforestation severely reduce the variety and population of our insects.
A good source of information on entomology and entomophagy is Ento Nation - https://entonation.com/category/entomology/
The source for edible insects is -https://www.edibleinsects.com/
Friday, January 11, 2019
The Smithsonian has a great television show called Bug Bites.
It is a show about cooking and eating insects. Here is a description of the one on eating tarantulas.