Opera News

Opera News App

Here is what would happen if all the insects on earth disappeared

Rileydraizy
By Rileydraizy | self meida writer
Published 18 days ago - 39 views

Humans might have built civilization, but insects own the world. After all, over half of all known species are insects. So if they suddenly vanished, you would notice. No more summers of singing cicadas and flickering flies. No bees to pollinate apples, cherry, peach, or almond trees. No one to make honey. A world without insects means a world with empty grocery store shelves. But that would be just the beginning of our problem. Now, it's impossible to say exactly would go down, but here is a worst case scenario of which could happen if all the insects disappeared completely. There are few insects most people would be happy to see vanish. Like mosquitoes. They kill hundreds of thousands of people every year by transmitting malaria, west Nile virus, and other diseases. But if they disappeared tomorrow, we might actually miss them. There are over 3000 species of mosquitoes on earth, all of which are food to birds, bats, frogs and other animals. No more mosquitoes means these creatures and the animals that eat them could go hungry. The same goes for dreaded cockroaches, a protein packed meal for birds, rodents, and even humans in some parts of the world. If we lost all 4,400 species of roach, entire ecosystems would struggle to survive. Believe it or not, we would have even worse troubles ahead since we would face a serious poop problem without one of the world's greatest recyclers, the dung beetles. You see, history has taught us exactly what happens when they can't do their job. Back in 1788, the British introduced cattle to Australia, and these cows pooped a lot. Each one poops enough to five tennis courts every year. But while the dung beetles back in Britain would eat and break down cow poo, the native Australian beetles wouldn't touch the stuff because they evolved to munch only on dry, fibrous marsupial dung. So the poop piled up. By 1960, the cattle had carpeted 500,000 acres of pasture in dung. That's enough to cover half of Rhode island and while a little bit of poop is great of fertilizer, this ocean of dung would flood plants with nitrogen, making it impossible for anything to grow. So, imagine if all 8000 species of dung beetles plus the dining insects like flies, vanished worldwide.The land would be knee deep in..... You know. Farmland, forest, and desert would all collapse, and floating throughout would be loads of corpses. You see, most animals won't eat dead bodies. That's where flesh eating beetles and other corpse munching insects come in. Over 500 species of these grisly undertakers live worldwide devouring dead flesh until nothing but bone remains. Without them, there would be forever custodians around to clean up the mess. Sure, there would still be hungry vultures and bacteria around to help, but it wouldn't be enough. So, that's where we could end up in an insect less world. Starving to death while drowning in a sea of poop and corpses.

Article by Riley like, share, comment and subscribe.

Content created and supplied by: Rileydraizy (via Opera News )

Tags:      

Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform

YOU MAY LIKE

Kalenjin Artists Nursing Fist Injuries After 5M Meeting Turned Chaotic

37 minutes ago

382 🔥

Kalenjin Artists Nursing Fist Injuries After 5M Meeting Turned Chaotic

This is How Covid-19 Vaccine Will Be Rolled Out, CS Kagwe Explains

43 minutes ago

34 🔥

This is How Covid-19 Vaccine Will Be Rolled Out, CS Kagwe Explains

See The Condoling Message William Ruto Gave To Honorable Kimany Ngunjiri After Losing His Son.

43 minutes ago

45 🔥

See The Condoling Message William Ruto Gave To Honorable Kimany Ngunjiri After Losing His Son.

Latest Update On Murder Suspect Lawrence Warunge's Murder Case As Judge Makes This Decision

1 hours ago

1694 🔥

Latest Update On Murder Suspect Lawrence Warunge's Murder Case As Judge Makes This Decision

Kenya To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine This Week

1 hours ago

7 🔥

Kenya To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine This Week

"Engage Religious Counselors", Jackson Ole Sapit Urges Headteachers

1 hours ago

51 🔥

Throwback Photos Of Bahati MP's Late Son When He Was A Safari Rally Star

1 hours ago

2558 🔥

Throwback Photos Of Bahati MP's Late Son When He Was A Safari Rally Star

Cattle Thief Suspect Arrested In Nyamira

2 hours ago

299 🔥

Cattle Thief Suspect Arrested In Nyamira

Why President Uhuru Should Close All Learning Institutions Today (Opinion)

2 hours ago

10644 🔥

Why President Uhuru Should Close All Learning Institutions Today (Opinion)

Did You Know That Rosemary Plant is a Mosquito and Bedbug Repellant? See More of Its Benefits

2 hours ago

39 🔥

Did You Know That Rosemary Plant is a Mosquito and Bedbug Repellant? See More of Its Benefits

COMMENTS