Over 30 species of leaf beetle and stonefly have been newly classified as endangered. These insects may seem small and insignificant but often provide vital ecosystem services. The loss of native insect populations indicates poor health of ecosystems in the UK. Also, insect declines may have a knock on effect on other species within the ecosystem, causing further problems.
More than 30 British insect species have been newly classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss. Members of two groups of insects have been placed on the official "red list" of endangered species.