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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
Whether they crawl, fly, squirm, or slither, insects get the job done: They maintain healthy soil, recycle nutrients, pollinate flowers and crops, and control pests. But by the end of the century, up to 40% of the world’s insect species may go extinct owing in part to habitat loss. In fact, many insect populations—bees, grasshoppers, moths, butterflies, beetles, and ants—are already plummeting in ecosystems such as the Great Plains, where over 30 million acres of grasslands have been plowed up since 2009. But gardeners, homeowners, policy-makers, Native American nations, ranchers, and others are finding ways to protect insects, from planting native gardens to avoiding pesticides to conserving habitats. Here are just a few of the critters that help keep North America, and our planet at large, in balance.