I wish I could get more of the circumstantial info on these vids, but I'm just passing them along. I saw them on youtube and began mentioning missing bugs to people here (WV, Greenbrier County). They've noticed a distinct lack of bugs this year. Hikers don't need anti-bug slatherings. Memorial Day picnics counted 5 flies total. We had a huge flood here last June, a mild winter, and yet I can keep the door wide open on my gallery - and maybe see one little flying creature a day. I was out mushrooming last week on a drizzly day in a cow pasture/woods - no bugs. The blackberry crops are HEAVY this year according to blossoms. If the berry turnout is low, then we'll know pollinator population is low too, right?
We're not alone in noting bug loss. This Science Mag article is worth a look: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/where-have-all-insects-gone
I was recently in AL at a house with swallows nesting in the eaves. They haven't noticed any reduction in the aerial acrobatics of these bug hunters, but maybe the swallows are having to fly/hunt more to get the same meal. Hand-pollinating? http://beesandroses.com/2017/05/11/hand-pollinate-grow-food-anywhere/
Most articles I read, searching for "hand-pollinate my garden" focused on growing plants for pollinators - not 'no pollinators, oh crap!, how do I do this?' The UN urges people to use bugs as their protein source? Too late, maybe.
Solutions, not fear. Hand-pollinating ideas???