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TREASURE TROVETraditionally "entomology was mainly about drying and collecting rare specimens," the society's president, Martin Sorg, says, wearing John Lennon-style glasses, a multipocket jacket and sandals.He and an army of volunteers have over the years gathered as many as 80 million insects.Each bottle contains the amount caught by a single insect trap over a set period, and each box represents a collection of such catches over nearly three decades.One from 1994 contains 1,400 grams of trapped insects, the newest one just 300 grams.In 2011, just across the Dutch border, ecology professor Hans de Kroon was working on the decline of birds in the region.He hypothesized that the birds suffered from a shortage of food, especially insects, but had no data to prove it.In February, the researchers published the first synthesis of 73 studies on entomological fauna around the world over the past 40 years, listing places from Costa Rica to southern France.They calculated that over 40 percent of insect species were threatened with extinction, and that each year, about 1 percent was added to the list.
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