"Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review..." https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ng-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature... https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006320718313636 Highlights • Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. • Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and dung beetles (Coleoptera) are the taxa most affected. • Four aquatic taxa are imperiled and have already lost a large proportion of species. • Habitat loss by conversion to intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines. • Agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change are additional causes. Meanwhile, vertebrates aren't fairing much better in the Earth's sixth major mass extinction... Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines https://www.pnas.org/content/114/30/E6089 Brilliant!