What If All of Earth’s Insects Keeled Over?

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What If All of Earth’s Insects Keeled Over?

“Ewwww … a bug!” is the reaction many people have when they feel an insect’s six legs crawling on them. This revulsion is lamentable, for not only are the vast majority of insects completely harmless, we humans and most other complex life on the planet would be in dire shape without them.

“If insects were to disappear, the world would fall apart — there’s no two ways about it,” said Goggy Davidowitz, a professor in the departments of entomology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.

True, if insects vanished, that would mean no pesky mosquito bites or fleas on Fido. Far more significantly, the scourge of insect-spread diseases, like malaria and dengue fever, that infect millions and kill hundreds of thousands of people a year would be over. [20 Startling Facts About Insects]

Tinkerbella nana, a new species of fairyfly from Costa Rica. 
Credit: John T. Huber

 

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