where are the insects I knew as a child
I grew up in Benton County, Oregon and had an intense interest in insects as a child. I still live in Benton County and keep an eye out for those insects I knew. I have noticed a definite decrease in the numbers of insects over the past years - no cicadas that buzzed regularly on warm summer days, no giant katidids with their single shhhht call, and few mantis. I could go on with a long list of the missing. What do you think is going on?
PS - https://xerces.org/ is a non-profit working on insect conservation that you might want to get in touch with.
As a side note if you are interested in raising mason bees on your site to help boost pollinator biodiversity, Linn County Master Gardeners are offering a series of free classes on overwintering these bees: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/benton/take-gardening-class