13 Oct '11, 12pm

Where Is the Love for Bugs?

“If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change,” the biologist E.O. Wilson once wrote. But if invertebrates were to vanish, he said, “I doubt that the human species could last more than a few months.” Pedro Cardoso The deserta wolf-spider of Portugal, which is not protected and has never been studied. Although Dr. Wilson has been appealing for invertebrate conservation for decades, few policy makers or environmental groups have taken heed. But a growing number of scientists are determined to change that. Among them is Pedro Cardoso, an entomologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the University of the Azores in Portugal who was the lead author of a recent article addressing the problem in the journal Biological Conservation. “Nowadays there’s a great concern about biodiversity in general, but this is usually focused o...

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