The great death of insects | DW Documentary (ecology documentary)

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019
  • Insects are dying out and scientists and environmentalists are sounding the alarm. Our film team meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a bid to lay bare the causes of insect mortality.
    Insects aren’t really likeable. They sting, bite, transmit diseases and frighten children. But, on the other hand, they are also fascinating: 480 million years ago, insects were the first animals to learn to fly, and they took over the Earth. Even now, they are fundamental to life on Earth, and are at the beginning of the food chain on which all human beings are ultimately dependent.
    But insect numbers worldwide are dropping, creating a rupture of the food chain. Environmentalists and scientists are now extremely worried. Landscape ecology professor Alexandra-Maria Klein from Freiburg, for example, has been researching the effects of human interventions in natural environments for decades and has launched an experiment in a fruit plantation on Lake Constance: What happens when insects disappear? An ominous silence is settling on places that were once humming and buzzing. Why are the insects dying? Author Christoph Würzburger takes a journey into the fascinating world of insects and meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a search for the causes of insect mortality.
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Comments • 741

  • Jack Kuppens
    Jack Kuppens Month ago +84

    Fantastic video and it shows what too many people have done to our mother earth and the lack of respect please keep showing and making these documentaries they are the real story we need to see and use media such as this to educate and reform peoples greedy attitudes and it shows all people still need to learn so much about the real life, Thank you for this very, very nice.

    • Laurie Crater
      Laurie Crater 7 days ago

      @mike 201314 This story does not pull the wool over our eyes. This story is about one subject, and that is pesticides and bugs. I believe DW also has a documentary about the GMO problem. Remember they only have 1 hour to tell the whole story.

    • Laurie Crater
      Laurie Crater 7 days ago +1

      @Maggie Adams Well said Maggie!!!

    • Laurie Crater
      Laurie Crater 7 days ago

      @Sven I don't understand Sven? What is DW doing wrong? It is true that bugs are disappearing. I have experienced it myself. So have many others if you would care to read their stories below.

    • Laurie Crater
      Laurie Crater 7 days ago

      @Lin Mal; Education is a good thing. It gets people thinking, and doing research on their own. People NEED to see and hear what is happening. We all need to reform our attitudes from an individualistic, greedy, society, to a "see the big picture society." All this stuff was known in the 60's and 70's, but because we are a greedy individualistic society, most people ignored it, or wouldn't believe it. Now in 2019, our Earth is in deep decline. Hopefully by education and changing attitudes it is not to late. I agree, the suffering is going to be really bad.

    • 1caramarie
      1caramarie 20 days ago

      What are you doing for the insects, if your answer is nothing, you are part of the problem.

  • Croaking Toad
    Croaking Toad 4 hours ago

    Iv'e been in rural Minnesota for about 20 years. Even with no agriculture for a couple hundred miles, I have noticed a tremendous reduction in the insect overall. Even mosquitoes! I have three acres, much if it a wild flowery shrub. Every summer when they would bloom the entire area was abuzz with all manner if flying insects. Now there is nearly nothing ... very scary. I have never used a pesticide or herbicide, so whatever is happening, it's not temperature, or chemicals that I have used. Who knows ... cell phone rf noise, earths magnetic field gone crazy. I suspect rf, only because I'm not around a few of the other possible causes.

  • Croaking Toad
    Croaking Toad 5 hours ago

    I'm sure the roll out of 5G will help. :) 

  • Kurd Mode
    Kurd Mode 2 days ago +1

    That is how to make the youtube useful.. Brilliant Documentary

  • Delbert Osborne
    Delbert Osborne 2 days ago

    I asked a couple of friend's if they noticed the lack of black ants, they
    just looked at me like, What! I have a passion for Photography of all kinds so I pay attention to the environment around me and I have been noticing unhealthy change throughout the visual column, and the changes I've been seeing within our environment has not been good. Inspire of that that which I see equally alarming is how few even notice, and most disturbingly is how many just don't
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  • fgfgfgf drtduud
    fgfgfgf drtduud 3 days ago

    24:47 Just plant forests instead of uninterrupted swaths farmland.

  • Phillip Pelling
    Phillip Pelling 4 days ago

    I agree with saving the Insects, but I disagree with killing thousands of them to find out what we already know.

  • Forrest Franks
    Forrest Franks 4 days ago

    I agree with the idea of not using so many pesticides. But please stop the fear mongering....

  • Canimaslan USA
    Canimaslan USA 4 days ago

    Insect extinction will lead to the extinction of a huge number of plants, many that are in our foodchain will also go extinct and toss will cause mass starvation

  • Mot Minute
    Mot Minute 4 days ago

    Pesticides. And why should anyone care about bugs other than pollinating the flowers that create fruits.

  • Bill douglas
    Bill douglas 5 days ago +1

    It's mostly the spraying of chemtrails in the sky that that's killing everything , including taking its toll on people also !!!!

  • Gary Johnson
    Gary Johnson 5 days ago

    Insects need weeds, just as we need a diversity of diet for good health, all nature need diversity for a healthy enviornment...

  • Gary Johnson
    Gary Johnson 5 days ago

    We are killung the earth because we put the economy, progress, our vehicals, moving around on roads etc. And ourselves before nature...we, as i vh prdicted alibg time ago that humans will be the catalyst that destroys all life, even studing things we impact things. We jyst need to stop what we are doing and hope nature will heal itself in time, if it's not already to late.

  • graylobo133
    graylobo133 5 days ago

    Why isint this top news on FOX, CNN, NBC......

    • MemoGrafix
      MemoGrafix 2 days ago

      It has been about 10 years ago

  • Josephine Dark
    Josephine Dark 6 days ago

    The us gov is also rounding up ALL the wild horses here in the western side of the country and then killing them because they cant afford to feed them! We need more people to help stop this practice. Politicians refuse to listen. Its all about greed ! 400000 horses put to death or sold for food to mexico just recently!! I havent seen a wild horse since 1997!!

  • Holly G
    Holly G 6 days ago

    I guess all of y'all forgot the 1960s warning from Rachel Carson.

  • Josephine Dark
    Josephine Dark 6 days ago

    Need to look into microwave damage as well! Cellphone towers, harp and constant spraying of heavy metals is causeing disorientaion of birds whale dolphins. 5g and global dimming will be the death of us all! I have noticed a major decline in birds in the middle of the desert where they have started spraying from planes as well.

  • Fred C. Wilson III
    Fred C. Wilson III 6 days ago

    Who's the narrator with the sexy voice; Marina Sartis of Star Trek fame?

  • Михайло Сєльський

    Being drown in alcohol. So cruel...

  • Todd Lavigne
    Todd Lavigne 7 days ago

    I noticed far less insects this year

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 8 days ago

    If the insects are gone, why are we still using insecticides? Seems like a waste of money.

  • Priscilla M Gray
    Priscilla M Gray 8 days ago

    Because of your unnecessary plug for "climate change" anxiety, which is tied in with the baby killing movement, I will not share this documentary that otherwise I would have promoted. I value the insects and even their annoyance. But I will not promote the killing of humans for any cause.

  • robin muirhead
    robin muirhead 9 days ago

    We have hedges in UK everywhere !

    • Terence Smith
      Terence Smith 4 hours ago

      Robin muirhead; 60 years ago there were many hedges on UK farmlands. At least 95% of these have been ripped out in arable farmland. They need to run combines etc in very long, strait lines before they make a u turn, to maximise profits. The field sizes of 60 years ago had to give way to field sizes of a hundred, even a thousand times more. The loss of wildlife habitat is immense, however, even if this habitat was still available nothing would be alive to grow in it because of INSECTICIDE spraying. The birds also, eat the poisoned insects and die.

  • Paul Neilson
    Paul Neilson 9 days ago

    In the vision of Joe Brandt for the end of the world, he mentions that he looked everywhere and saw no birds anywhere in Hollywood. The end is here. Trump will be in office when it happens. Sorry for the bad news. If you're lucky you can board a rescue space force ship if you can get to the pickup zone.

  • rabbitears333
    rabbitears333 9 days ago

    Great documentary... But it is a sad situation.

  • Ima Farmer
    Ima Farmer 10 days ago

    We only need to STOP using insecticide , herbicide , fertilizers.

  • Robert
    Robert 11 days ago

    Here in Colorado we used to have moth problems in the Spring. I haven't seen any in a very long time.

  • John Kelsey
    John Kelsey 11 days ago

    I live in the Bay Area near San Francisco in the city of Berkeley California. My mother and I have been discussing for a few years now how the butterflies the monarchs and the tiger swallowtails are rarely seen and of course insects and birds the counts are dramatically down from where they were say 20 years ago!
    there is an environmental Holocaust going on as we speak.

  • Bill McQ
    Bill McQ 11 days ago

    I live in Australia. Many people out in the country are buying Bees and planting natives. We are, at least mindful and the concern is growing. The expanding population and increasing numbers of immigrants are demanding more rural land on which to build. Wrong move!

  • ralph goldberg
    ralph goldberg 12 days ago

    Viel Danke

  • dsweedler
    dsweedler 12 days ago

    This doc really does not discuss the role of modern pesticides in killing off so many insects that are not harmful to farmer crop yields. Modern insecticides are indiscriminate killers. They are not species specific but kill all insects that are in contact with these poisons. The neonics have been implicated in massive bee killing events by many research groups.

  • Bruno Volk
    Bruno Volk 12 days ago +1

    Chem Trails: „ Geo Engineering” Wolken impfen, Hagelflieger ...... kill insects more than anything 🤗

  • C K
    C K 13 days ago

    Another fixable major cause, but hardly talked about, of insect extinction is light pollution. Interesting article about how light pollution is contributing to extinction and what to do (It's pretty easy but not at all well-known, and not politicized much if at all; also offers specific lighting solutions):

  • A B For You
    A B For You 14 days ago

    He is wise old man!!!

  • Raven Bishop
    Raven Bishop 14 days ago

    There are very few honey bees or insects around street lights here in N.E Arkansas. Almost zero. I have noticed when I planted pumpkins I had many bumble bees on the plants.

  • Zenn Exile
    Zenn Exile 15 days ago

    Insects will be our last and most perfect source of sustenance as well. If we kill off this food supply, extinction will take us. There will be no innovation, no magic bullet, no great savior. We will die.

  • Gazr Gazr
    Gazr Gazr 15 days ago

    Most humans will never learn from nature, only take and destroy for a profit, the kak is getting closer to the fan !

  • Thomas Tamir
    Thomas Tamir 16 days ago

    Not to change the subject, but you look at an area as vast as the oceans, and man is trying to lay the seas bare. Why does every place humans go to have to be barren when they leave.

  • jillipepper5353
    jillipepper5353 17 days ago

    Never mind what those chemical cocktails are doing to us, our children and future generations. These chemicals alter our DNA so we pass that on to our children who are affected by more chemicals which further alters the DNA and so on. One of the big things that is a result of this is male infertility and deformed genitalia, studies have found. One of the other big things that is causing this is plastics, a study was done of a whole community that boy babies were being born with irregular genitalia, a high rate of male miscarried pregnancies, and when they studied their DNA they found the trouble there. The community had a high rate of cancer including testicular cancer and the people were telling doctors that something was causing it, the soil, the water, something because the rates were just extremely high. They wouldn’t do anything so one woman started going door to door asking what problems they might be having and then she drew a map showing which areas had what problems, then took that to the media. Come to find out they were beside an industrial park and the highest concentrations of male problems and low male births were around a plastic factory. As a result it became an interesting community to study and they discovered the DNA damage and how it was then passed on to the next generation by studying children’s DNA who weren’t born or conceived there but still had the damaged and forever changed DNA. Scary shit, we are in deep trouble as a species and that is not repairable at this point in time, maybe in the future if there is funding to continue the research. Makes me glad I’m old and will die before I have to watch it all kill us off.☹️

    N.LIGHT 17 days ago +1


  • Crazy Blaine
    Crazy Blaine 17 days ago

    Everyone blames everything else. The actual problem is the invasive species known as the Honey Bee. The European honey bee has become so widespread to the point where they move mass amounts of hives just to pollinate crops. This leaves nothing to eat for the local insects. But "save the bees" right?

  • slaphappy813
    slaphappy813 18 days ago +1

    thank gmos, pesticides ,pollution and geoengineering for the mass die offs.... aluminum, barium and strontium to name a few of the materials used in geoengineering

  • alan thomas
    alan thomas 18 days ago +1

    TYPE AGENDA 21 or 2030, Georgia Stone , Grand Solar Minimum, Find Yashua(the True jesus

  • alan thomas
    alan thomas 18 days ago +1

    Its the CHEMTRAILS in the SKY theyre Spraying , Its killing Us too., has NANO in it DNA changers , Heavy Metals ETC., Get Hair Sample youll see, its in the WATER and FOOD too

  • John Bussey
    John Bussey 18 days ago

    Although I do agree with the critique of agribusiness, we need to acknowledge something that oft is totally ignored. Urban and suburban landscaping and the maintenance of that landscaping I believe is a significant contributor to the problem. Where I reside the finger points at the logging industry for the drop in bull trout populations. The problem with this argument is that under a much more intense logging industry in the past bull trout thrived, because of the buffer zones required along streams. Now with intense residential development in these same areas, no such buffer exists, and the chemicals used to support the pretty landscaping, are toxic to the fish. Residential developers need to also have their feet held to the fire on this issue with the insects as well.

  • bernadettefern
    bernadettefern 18 days ago

    Besides the chemical pesticides in agriculture are the much more pervasive and dangerous jet-sprayed nan particulates of aluminum, barium, lead, and coal fly-ash ingredients and other omnicides that affect everything and everyone.

  • Sarit Atia
    Sarit Atia 19 days ago

    We are dying too. We die younger than our grandparents and from the other end - infertility is getting worse.

  • 1caramarie
    1caramarie 20 days ago

    I have 1/3 acre lot in the middle of town. December 2005, during a snow storm, I asked permission from my town of lawns to turn my yard into a wildlife habitat. They said yes, probably didn't know what I meant and now 14 years later, my yard has thousands of native bees and many other beneficial insects. Where I live it can drop to -35 degrees F (-37.22 C) and they manage to survive our long winters. Very cold for about 7 months a year. People around me, wonder why they don't see any bees, they are in my yard. I started it with zero help, when I was almost 60, any one can do if they care.

  • suresh kumar
    suresh kumar 22 days ago +1

    One of my favoutire animals--A Drosophila neurobiologist from MIT :)

  • Changing Things
    Changing Things 22 days ago

    I allow Biden weed and Passion flower vines to take over the yard each summer. The pollinators and their predators swarm in. A sea of caterpillars, butterflies, bees and dragonflies. I wish my neighbors would allow the same in their yards. They just dont see it. Hell, they rarely go outside. Such huge disconnection.

  • Maralah Quin
    Maralah Quin 23 days ago

    The climate change is caused by CHEM TRAILLS tgat arr sprayed to hide Planet7X, Nibiru, Trapist1s IMMINENT arrival. See ~The Final Days~ channel for proof. Its coming.

  • Robert
    Robert 24 days ago

    This is understated

  • jerzy kunowski
    jerzy kunowski 24 days ago

    agenda Depopulation

  • Roms Jr
    Roms Jr 25 days ago +2

    Thanks! This is inspiring. If every single one that saw this doc make his part and spread the message, we can change the world a little bit. Knowledge is the way. Stop ignorance and populists rhetoric politics. It's time to hear the scientists and reduce the human greed. Or we will wait the desertification of our lands and the extinction of the life as we know it?

  • Carere Tei
    Carere Tei 25 days ago +2

    This is happening around the world, I live in Indonesia where in 90's when I growing up, I always love doing bug hunting around my yard and found various kinds of insects, ladybug, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, bees and etc. Right now, it is empty.....the yard still full with flowers and trees but the lack of other living organism such as insects and wild birds make the yard feel so void, I miss the buzzing sound from the insects, it is pure beauty.

    • Laurie Crater
      Laurie Crater 7 days ago

      So sad to hear that Carere Tel. I do so miss the birds. I used to wake up every morning hearing the birds sing. I really miss their beautiful voices.

  • Silas Cochran
    Silas Cochran 26 days ago

    Life is a balance and Earth's balance was upset a long time ago Jacques Cousteau before he passed away said it is already too late to save the planet much of this is happening to the bees in America because of Monsanto thanks Monsanto you are truly an evil empire

  • ProHorizon
    ProHorizon 26 days ago +2

    One word; "CHEMTRAILS!!!!!"

  • KLJF
    KLJF 27 days ago

    the idea of farming is to prevent death and increase food security .
    unfortunately people forget that every action has an equal and OPPOSITE reaction .
    this means that we are just building a dam against death and food shortage ……. THE DAM WILL BREAK .

  • mayaflynnster
    mayaflynnster 27 days ago +1

    Thank you, DW Documentary, German PBS... brave enough to tell it like it is... right now... happening... we all need to join and Help the future of our Earth. For our children's children. Are grounded priorities ever again to be? anonymousgramom

  • Krystal Anderson
    Krystal Anderson 28 days ago

    I recall the study where cell phone placed in hive results in bees not returning to hive ... the ability to navigate is destroyed...