Insects and other small treasures

We only need the windscreen test to know what is happening to insect life.

A recent analysis published in Biological Conservation reported “The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.”

So we don’t take for granted the smaller occupants of our plot

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Who knows what lives in the depths of the ponds, from where bubbles mysteriously rise

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On the surface, where waterboatmen row by

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there is evidence of metamorphosis

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Above fly a variety of damselflies

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One we have not seen before:

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The spider that chooses this spot

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can ensnare a colourful meal

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