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Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US

Subject: Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US
From: "vickipowys" vpowys
Date: Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:13 pm ((PDT))
That is really sad Sabyasachi, and a bit worrying too since most of us
drink tea.


On 19/07/2014, at 3:24 PM, Sabyasachi Patra 
[naturerecordists] wrote:

> I have noticed such "silence" in the tea estates in Western Ghats of
> India, where pesticide sprays are rampant. One can hardly find any
> insects, frogs etc surviving these synthetic pesticide sprays. There
> was a time when I could drink water from the streams while wandering
> in the forests. Today the waters of the streams are poisoned by
> pesticide sprays and synthetic fertilisers leaching into it. We are
> poisoning ourselves. :(
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM, Rob Danielson 
> [naturerecordists] <> wrote:
> Hi-
> Have others in the upper midwest US noticed almost no insect singing
> this summer?
> We had a very cold winter, a very slow fade-in spring and as yet no
> stretches of really warm days/nights.
> Could populations just be really low? I've seen only a few small
> crickets and small grasshoppers.
> Its very eerie to have the windows open at night in mid July and
> hear nothing except a single cricket chirp for 2-4 seconds and maybe
> again in 15 minutes,..
> Thanks
> Rob D.
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