Thoughts about insect decline and some field observations came together at the corner of Harrison Street and Terhune the other day when I headed to the optical shoppe to get my glasses adjusted.
Friday, August 06, 2021
Suburban Monocultures and Insect Decline
Interesting to see the patch of lighter green in this photo. That's native sensitive fern, which is clearly holding its own against the stiltgrass. But this is one small victory in a landscape that has shifted dramatically towards monoculture. Imagine what it would be like to walk into a supermarket and find only cardboard on the shelves. That must be how an insect experiences so much of the suburban landscape.
Note: Just noticed that local birder and Princeton professor David Wilcove recently co-wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled "We need to figure out what's happening to the bugs--before it's too late."