Why Flowers Have Lost Their Scent

Canarina canariensis
Sydenham Edwards (1799)

Pollution is dulling the scent of flowers and impeding some of the most basic processes of nature, disrupting insect life and imperilling food supplies, a new study suggests.
A vicious cycle is set up where insects struggle to get enough food and the plants do not get pollinated enough to proliferate.


butterflies, moths, bumblebees & mayflies have been disappearing for a long time


A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government’s leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory.

In fact, insects such as butterflies, moths, bumblebees and mayflies have been disappearing for a long time, although hardly anyone except specialists has noticed or cared . . .