A drop in moths flying indoors at night?
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I have seen reports of dramatic drops in the number of moths flying in though open windows at night, towards the light. Chris Packham says he got hardly coming in, even though he was living in the middle of the New Forest. There has been a vast drop in global and UK insect numbers overall.
I particulary remember staying with family in forest in the Loire valley in France in the 1970s and the air being thick with moths at night when the windows were open - it was the normal and expected thing - set among fields, woods and streams. These days half my north London garden seems to decant into my kitchen within seconds if I leave the back door open - mosquitoes, crane flies, spiders, mosquitoes and things, not so much moths. I do get some moths flying in at night on the second floor - where I keep the windows open all the time through summer.
Is your impression that you are seeing many less moths at night than decades ago?
But maybe better car design, aerodynamics or whatever could have something to do with there being less carnage on the windscreens? I hope that's the case.
Nonetheless, we slaughtered millions of insects just by driving....and I wouldn't think car designers had insects on their agenda, probably fuel economy which was a good thing in itself of course.
I do get that maybe if we all still drove the same models of vehicle, the carnage would be less, for the reason you meant i.e. fewer insects on the wing.