Worldwide insect declines: An important message, but interpret with caution

Benno I. Simmons*, Andrew Balmford, Andrew J. Bladon, Alec P. Christie, Adriana De Palma, Lynn V. Dicks, Juan Gallego-Zamorano, Alison Johnston, Philip A. Martin, Andy Purvis, Ricardo Rocha, Hannah S. Wauchope, Claire F. R. Wordley, Thomas A. Worthington, Tom Finch

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A recent paper claiming evidence of global insect declines achieved huge media attention, including claims of "insectaggedon" and a "collapse of nature." Here, we argue that while many insects are declining in many places around the world, the study has important limitations that should be highlighted. We emphasise the robust evidence of large and rapid insect declines present in the literature, while also highlighting the limitations of the original study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3678-3680
Number of pages3
JournalEcology and Evolution
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • entomofauna
  • invertebrates
  • population trends
  • systematic review


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