With different planting and by rejecting instecticides, even small green spaces can promote biodiversity. Gardeners’ attitudes to insects, like those of humans in general, are a mixed bag. Butterflies’ brief, fluttering lives make them beloved wonders. Bees have long been a source of fascination as well as honey. But the reason why some creepy-crawlies have been classified as pests while others haven’t moves beyond appearances. Horticulturists, like farmers, generally object to insects that eat what they grow. This hasn’t saved the creatures that don’t consume crops or garden plants. Habitat loss resulting from urbanization and deforestation, and pesticide use in agriculture, mean that global insect populations are in steep decline. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? How can gardeners help reverse the alarming decline of insects?
Posted by on 07 Nov 2023