Scientists say insect numbers around the world have dropped by 25% since 1990.
This latest news is worrying, with steep declines in Europe especially concerning.
Scientists combined 166 long-term surveys from almost 1,700 sites to work out this inforamtion.
Pleasingly, the study found that some species were bucking the overall downward trend. In particular, freshwater insects have been increasing by 11% each decade following action to clean up polluted rivers and lakes.
Rapid destruction of wild habitats had been a major conbrituing factor to the declining numbers.
Insects are by far the most abundant animals on the planet.
They outweighing humanity by 17 times, and are essential to the ecosystems humanity depends upon.
They pollinate plants, are food for other creatures and recycle nature’s waste.