By Diane Samson
Pollinating insects such as wild bees and hoverflies are in decline and in danger of disappearing from Britain, a new study warns.
Scientists analyzed the trend of 353 species of wild bees and hoverflies in England, Wales, and Scotland from 1980 to 2013. Over the past 33 years, the team has discovered that a third of the species have vanished from places there were previously found.
The study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications, fears that a significant number of the insects, which pollinate food crops and other plants, would be lost. If the decline continues, Britain might face serious consequences in the years to come.
The exception, however, is the increase of key bee species that pollinate flower crops, including oilseed rape. This can be attributed to the increase in crops grown due to government subsidies that encouraged farmers to plant more flowers that they feed on.