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According to some recent studies, an insect Armageddon is taking place throughout the United States and Europe. Some scientists project that over half of all insect species could disappear by the end of the 21st century. The insect population around my yard has diminished markedly in just two years. I used to be able to find angleworms under the mulch near my sidewalk. Last year, no worms. Ants used to build entrances to their nests in the cracks of the sidewalk. No more ants. Scorpion flies, aphids and beeflies were once plentiful in my garden, but no longer. Spiders went hungry near my porch light that used to attract moths every night. When I drove my car after dark, even on the most warm and humid weather, my windshield was clean when I returned (the “Windshield Phenomenon” documented in Europe and North America – the disappearance of night-flying insects). The carpenter bees that used to eat my siding no longer hovered near my porch. Monarchs were abundant near my milkweed patch,

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