Insects are a crucial part of our way of life. They are experts in pollination, pest control, and decomposing corpses, and yet humans don’t seem to spend a lot of time thinking about them. But with populations in decline due to habitat loss, pesticides and the climate crisis, what would our world look like without them?
Scientists are warning that we ignore these animals at our peril. In recent decades they have detected a stark drop in the number of insects. Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World, about the fascinating world of insects. Oliver tells how these tiny creatures, often dismissed as an annoyance, play a vital role in making the Earth habitable.