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06-24-2020, 12:53 PM   #781
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It is clear you remember it with a passion. Thanks for sharing. I could have benefited from a lecture complete with slides,and all the material surrounding the points. My favorite lecture was at Gustavus Adolfus College where they host a Nobel Conference once a year. I was able to secure a ticket for this one back in 1982.
Stephen Jay Gould Evolutionary Hopes and Realities
Steve was at the AMNH completing his PhD just when I came as a grad student, and remained connected to the AMNH for several years after so we overlapped for several years. Steve's casual intellectualism could overwhelm any potential critics of his ideas, Now that he's gone, more dispassionate and object evaluation of his theories has emerged. In truth, much of how all we paleontologists were taught to think and were thinking has been overshadowed and overwhelmed by DNA research. Don't ask for details, I'm in no mood for typing another lecture however short.

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Yesterday i did a walk of the mundane. Walked through acres of grass with clover. Empty. 2 bumble bees, a honey bee and a handful of moths. Today i asked my landlord if the birds are attracted to his fresh mowed lawns and he looked confused. 20 years ago they flocked to a mown lawn and now there isn't a reason. I walked about an acre of wild mullberry full of fruit. I didn't see one bug or evidence of any and only 2 grackle families. Then i went to fields of thistle and goldenrod. No spiders, or bubble sacks, and occasional bumble bee and little flys and beetles. No butterfly larger than a cabbage butterfly and only a couple at that and ONE grasshopper!
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Yesterday i did a walk of the mundane. Walked through acres of grass with clover. Empty. 2 bumble bees, a honey bee and a handful of moths. Today i asked my landlord if the birds are attracted to his fresh mowed lawns and he looked confused. 20 years ago they flocked to a mown lawn and now there isn't a reason. I walked about an acre of wild mullberry full of fruit. I didn't see one bug or evidence of any and only 2 grackle families. Then i went to fields of thistle and goldenrod. No spiders, or bubble sacks, and occasional bumble bee and little flys and beetles. No butterfly larger than a cabbage butterfly and only a couple at that and ONE grasshopper!

FYI in case you are unaware of the study. A longitudinal study of insect populations in Germany, carried out at 63 nature preserves, sampling several times per year and using a standardized catching method for flying insects (non-flying insects not sampled) found a slightly greater that 5% per year decline in flying insect biomass (species diversity and total number of insects captured not done, only the mass/"weight"). Overall this amounts to a 75% reduction in insects over the 27 years so far of the study, with about an 82% reduction of flying insect biomass during the summer. Distressing and frightening, but learning of this study many months ago it comes as no surprise to me that you have had trouble finding insects to photograph. And BTW: The study considered potential causes of the decline including such things as climate change, periodic weather fluctuations, populations of natural insect predators, etc. etc. and the major factor for insect decline comes down to one cause = HUMANS.

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FYI in case you are unaware of the study.
I am aware of the study. There are a few, mostly tropical. I searched for anything from 2020 and came up empty. I did find out the 4 line beetle is what the infestation is here. My searches for that kept going to the cucumber beetle. I am in a unique situation in that I just moved back to a state and area that I lived in 16 years ago. Old homes, little has changed. Same monocultures of plants, mostly hostas. The transition hasn't calibrated my expectations because I missed it. They were there now they are not. No sparrows even where flocks of 20 were common. In a swamp I had 1 mosquito bite. On my stoop with deet and you use to be in trouble. Outdoor light brings maybe a crane fly or is it a male mosquito. It is like going into the cbd during lockdown compared to before.
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