“Insect Apocalypse”

In late 2017, a report containing re-analysis of some long-term insect biomass monitoring in Germany attracted the attention of science reporters around the world. Soon, major news outlets were reporting the story of dramatically declining insect biomass in several apparently unrelated areas of the planet – often calling it an “apocalypse” or “insect Armageddon.”


We reached out to Dr. Arthur Shapiro, a previous guest on The Ecology Hour, for his insights on the phenomenon. Dr. Shapiro is one of the few scientists in the world to have personally conducted a survey of insect populations (in his case, butterflies) over several decades using the same protocols and locations. He was featured in the New York Times reporting on the insect population declines. He brings a refreshing scientific rigour to the discussion, refusing to speculate without evidence, while speaking freely and clearly about what he has documented.

Our interview can be streamed or downloaded. If you have specific questions for Dr. Shapiro, you can reach him by e-mail at: theochila@gmail.com

And if you’d like to start, or participate in, the annual Butterfly Count happening around the 4th of July, the North American Butterfly Association has all the information you need. Let’s get counts started in Mendocino!


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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