Many people consider insects to be annoying, nasty or dangerous things, certainly not welcome in their back yard, but the fact of the matter is that life on Earth as we know it is entirely dependent on these small arthropods. Insects are food for countless other animals. They contribute to the decomposition of dead plants and animals, and they play a vital role in the fertilization of a huge portion of plant species. Without insects, a large number of animal species would go extinct. Much organic waste in nature would remain practically forever. Humanity would face a crisis unlike anything we have encountered before.
Research tells us that the insects are disappearing at an ever faster pace. Species are vanishing, and the biomass of the remaining insects has crashed to less than a quarter in some areas. We can do something about this, but we must do it now. The best place to start is getting to know these amazing creatures, and learning just how exciting it can be to know and understand insect life. Once you've realized how fascinating the insect world really is, and how dependent we are on them, I am sure you will join us in the struggle to save our remaining insects and make sure the world will still hear the sound of the buzzing hordes of insect workers come spring. Let's save the insects together.
My name is Hjørdis Bakke, and I'm a Norwegian biologist specializing in insect ecology. I'm currently working as a lecturer at a teacher training college. I also love to take pictures of pretty, ugly, scary or otherwise fascinating insects, which I use in the textbooks I write. I have written four textbooks so far, all of them for teacher training.
I started this project because I'm concerned about the environment and our impact on it. There are several major threats to life on Earth that need to be addressed right now, including plastic pollution, climate change and exhaustion of the natural resources to mention a few. Naturally, on account of my background and interests, I've chosen to fight for the insects. They could really use more allies right now.
I'm writing a book on the issue of declining insect populations. It's filled with big photos of spectacular insects and stories about their peculiarities and lifestyles. It's one of those rare textbooks that aren't written for professionals in its field, but rather for anyone who wants to marvel at the world that's happening around us. Please support the project at our Kickstarter, and sign up for our newsletter below, and I'll let you know when it's ready for you.