We use cookies to improve our service for you. You can find more information in our data protection declaration. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says concerns over insect extinction have prompted demands for better safeguards. New research suggests 40 percent of insect species could be wiped out over the next few decades. Plummeting numbers of insect species, partly as a result of widespread pesticide use, has prompted Germany’s Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to call for a new law to protect bugs. The newspaper Bild am Sonntag cited the Social Democrat (SPD) minister as saying that better legal protection for insects would also protect humanity’s future. “We humans need insects,” Schulze said. ”They deserve protection from their own law. This not only to protect stag beetles and earth bumblebees, but above all ourselves.” This beetle can measure up to 17cm in length, in part thanks to its enormous mandibles – the pair of appendages near its mouth. Also known as the ‘sabertooth longhorn beetle’ this insect dwells in the rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, the Guianas and Brazil. There are 11 species of t...