If you’ve ever gone on a road trip, you probably have memories of bugs littering your windshield and front bumper. If you think about it for a minute, you may realize it’s been a while since this happened. While it may feel like a good thing since you don’t have to clean up the mess, it’s actually an ominous warning of changes to the environment.
The number of insects worldwide have been declining at a dramatic rate, and scientists believe modern-day agricultural practices are largely to blame. Those at the greatest risk are Lepidoptera — insects that include butterflies and moths, as well as Hymenoptera, which include bees, and Coleoptera, which include dung beetles.