From creepy crawlies to those that buzz and fly, insects are all around.
These invertebrates with exoskeletons represent the most diverse group of animals on the planet - it's estimated there are up to 10 million different species. From pollinating crops to breaking down waste, insects play important roles in ecosystems and provide valuable services, also to humans.
Baseball enthusiast Gabriel Borrud takes a reluctant Neil King to his first baseball match ever. Neil catches the baseball bug and wants to join Gabe's team — the Cologne Cardinals. Gabe agrees to train him up on the condition Neil does everything he says. Does this spell disaster?
Most people think of insects as pests to get rid of — but our survival may be intimately tied to them. The problem is: Insects are in decline. Find out how the Berlin Philharmonic is drawing attention to the issue, why insects don't live at the seaside, and what makes bugs so important in the first place.
Dave Goulson, a biologist and insect expert at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, explains how vital insects are to our survival, why they are dying off and how that's likely to affect us in the not-so-distant future. Plus two excursions: need for bees, and Silent Spring.
Insects are in decline, and that is very troubling considering their importance to us. But how do you motivate the broader public to do something about it? Well, the Berlin Philharmonic had a unique way of raising awareness around the issue of the ongoing insect die-off.
Bugs can be found from the bitterly cold Antarctic to the searing hot Sahara Desert, and just about everywhere in between. They've survived several mass extinctions and at least some insect species will also survive our current assault on them. But despite their tenacity and abundance, the one place you won't find many insects is at the seaside. Here's why.