Animal Research

Missing bugs spell trouble for birds

Missing bugs spell trouble for birds

Inspect under the porch light at your home or vacation cottage and ask yourself: Are there as many moths and other insects hanging on the wall as there used to be?

Entomologists who have long collected insects in Europe recently reported that since the 1980s, flying insects have declined by 80%, confirming widespread observations of cleaner windshields on both sides of the Atlantic.

While people had noticed that populations of the charismatic monarch butterfly and honey bee crashed in the past decade, it wasn’t until last year that similar data were revealed on many other insect species from various locales.

Insects are the main food of most birds, and an 80 percent...