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Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Researchers have documented large population declines in beetles, including carabid
beetles, like the one shown here.
(Image: © OZGUR KEREM BULUR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images)

In recent years, the notion of an insect apocalypse has become a hot topic in the conservation science community and has captured the public’s attention. Scientists who warn that this catastrophe is unfolding assert that arthropods — a large category of invertebrates that includes insects — are rapidly declining, perhaps signaling a general collapse of ecosystems across the world.

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