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do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

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Registered: ‎05-04-2007

Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Just a small technical point. Spiders are not insects and I bite :P.
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Grafter
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

agree with Denzil - the number of insects killed by cars has no significant effect on the animals that feed on them
what does have a major effect on bird populations is habitat loss -- be that due to building or extending towns, agriculture or other changes in land use
many of these insects have a very short lifespan, some just a few hours and would get replaced very rapidly anyway
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Quote from: Spider
Just a small technical point. Spiders are not insects
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and I bite :P.
that's why I was very nice to you earlier Smiley
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Funny how things seem to link into one another at times..... I learnt this week that ticks are part of the Arachnid family!!!
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Grafter
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Welcome, I would have thought with a Handle like that you would be well up on such matters  Cheesy
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Grafter
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Quote from: Santiago

I came across this in the US a few years ago. There is significant problem there with deer ticks that drop out the trees onto the deer me.

On another technicality, ticks don't drop out of trees. They spend most of their time in the leaf litter on the ground, and climb up short vegetation when they want to feed. Their front legs have hooks on the end so they can be snagged by passing animals. They will then spend some time wandering around finding a good spot to bite. They are sometimes found on people's heads, but that is because they have walked up from below, not dropped from above. Fascinating creatures, if creepy.
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

decline in house sparrows.
1. upvc facia an softis = less breeding nests. i have sein a house sparrow at a city centre pub find a hole in an old out building and not be botherd by the 50+ rather noisey and drunk people sat right in front of the hole and it still kept coming and going. so nest sites must very few and far beetween for this species
2. front gardens being blocked pathed / tarmaced is probaly where the car has most impact on the wildlife from insects right up to the top of the food chain.
3.look around the back of most of these house and you will find tommy walsh's fav decking
we are coming to point soon where most of the space left with out buildings is the back gardens and even this space is on propety developers hit list.
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Quote from: artificer
every year during the season our vehicles kill billions of tons of insects, depriving the birds and other creatures of food.  is that why the sparrows have all but disappeared from london?  every aircraft that flies and every road vehicle smashes into insects on its journey.
should we stop driving for a period in the summer?

Even if we didn't drive, public transport would do for a good proportion on that basis, artificer
As for spiders they dont bother me although large ones in the bathroom sink aren't a welcome sight at 4 in the morning when I'm not awake properly
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

you wouldnt like waking up in my house then.
2 chile rose tarantula's and 1 five foot publan milksnake.
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Not a big fan of anything poisonous or that can sting (including bees and wasps due to allergy that runs in the family)
Can deal with anything that isn't poisonous
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

no of these are posionus all thoe if the hairs on the legs and back of the chiles roses getting into your eyes they can seriously hurt and in some rare caeses make you go blind.
the snake is a Constrictor and has black,white, and red banding but dont go petting ones that replace the white with yellow.
the saying goes.
red on black friend to jack
red on yellow kill a fellow
if your on your hols Cool to mexico then i would write that down
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

We had a King Baboon Tarantula sharing our bathroom one night on holiday - he was 'escorted' out of the bathroom firmly!
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

bet by Manuel the porter and not your self Grin
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Quote from: ASBO
you wouldnt like waking up in my house then.
2 chile rose tarantula's and 1 five foot publan milksnake.

each to their own I suppose
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Re: do our vehicles kill enough insects to jeopardise the creatures feeding on them?

Not planning on a trip to Mexico anytime soon ASBO. Smiley