The Time Is

The number of endangered insects is large and growing. The rate of destruction and degradation of natural habitats currently is so great that there are not nearly enough biologists to even catalog, much less study, the species that are suddenly on the edge of extinction. In Indonesia, approximately 1.3 million hectares of tropical forest were cut in 2001. In Argentina, 7964 metric tons of insecticides were used in 1998. In the United States, imported red fire ants have infested over 260 million acres in the southeast. These examples of threats to endangered insects continue to mount across the world. The time is now for agencies, scientists, conservationists, and land managers to promote the conservation of imperiled insects.

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Biodiversity • Conservation • Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming, and Insects • Pollution, Insect Response to

Further Reading

Bean, J. M. (1993). Invertebrates and the Endangered Species Act. Wings, Summer.

Buchmann, S. L., and Nabhan, G. P. (1996). "The Forgotten Pollinators."

Island Press, Washington, DC. Collins, N. M., and Thomas, J. A. (eds.) (1991). "The Conservation of

Insects and Their Habitat." Academic Press, London. Deyrup, M. (2001). Endangered terrestrial invertebrates. In "Encyclopedia of Biodiversity" (S. A. Levin, ed.), Vol. 2. Academic Press, New York. Deyrup, M., and Eisner, T. (2001). Interviews at the edge of a cliff. Wings, Fall.

Hoffman Black, S. C., Shepherd M., and Mackey Allen, M. (2001). Endangered invertebrates: The case for greater attention to invertebrate conservation. Endangered Species Update 18, 41—49. Kellert, S. R. (1993). Values and perceptions of invertebrates. Conservat. Biol. 7, 845-855.

Opler, P. (1995). Conservation and management of butterfly diversity in North America. In "Ecology and Conservation of Butterflies" (A. S. Pullin, ed.). Chapman & Hall, London. Pyle, R. M., Bentzien, M., and Opler, P. (1981). Insect conservation. Annu.

Rev. Entomol 26, 233-258. Samways, M. J. (1994). "Insect Conservation Biology." Chapman & Hall, London.

Stein, B. A., Kutner, L. S., and Adams, J. S. (eds.) (2000). "Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States." Oxford University Press, Oxford. Wilson, E. O. (1992). "The Diversity of Life." Norton, New York.

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