Understandably, scientists and agriculturalists have been watching honey bee population numbers carefully but, until now, there have been no published studies on winged insects in general. In October 2017, however, the results of a 27-year-long study on that category of insect were made available. It showed that, in Germany at least, flying bug numbers have plummeted by more than 75 percent during that time.
The study was produced by Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, in conjunction with the Entomological Society Krefeld in Germany. Biologist Professor Dave Goulson of Sussex University in England also worked on the project. He told U.K. newspaper The Guardian, “Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline.” He added, “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”