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Publications about Insects and Insect Respect

As part of their commitment to Insect Respect, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, the Insect Respect team and third parties published various books and articles. Their topics range from Insects and ecological alternatives to conventional insect control to the innovative encounter between business and art during the art action „saving flies“.

Progess Report ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative

Together one reaches more - and that quicker. For that reason the company Reckhaus continuously starts new cooperations and supports with Insect Respect and through its network the Lobby for insects. The ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative is such a network where companies pool their capacities to protect biodiversity. The initiative recognises and supports the three goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity:

1) The conservation of biodiversity,
2) the sustainable use of its components and
3) to acknowledge and support a fair distribution of the benefits of using genetic resources

The members of the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ initiative publish a progress report every two years to show that biodiversity is still a priority in their decision making.

Progress Report 2018-2019 (PDF)

Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (2019): Warum jede Fliege zählt.
5th, completely revised edition

A documentation about the value and threat of insects. Gais, Bielefeld: Insect Respect.

"With this book, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus succeeds in presenting a current overview of the relationship between humans and insects. The well-researched numbers and correlations astonish the reader and summon respect for these often misunderstood creatures."

Dr. Hans R. Herren, Pioneer in biological pest control, President of the Millennium Foundation, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize

Warum jede Fliege zählt – Order online (in German)


Fact sheets on insects

Detailed descriptions of the most commonly found insects in our latitudes: their behaviour, harm and prevention.

Selection of fact sheets (in German)












Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2019): Insect Respect.
9th, revised edition

«Das Gütezeichen für einen neuen Umgang mit Insekten.» Gais, Bielefeld: Insect Respect.

The documentation about Insect Respect introduces the quality seal and offers insight into the organisation's origins: In 2011, instigated by the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, the biocide entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus asked himself «What's the value of a fly?». Their response: Save, don't kill. Thus, the idea of a scientific model was born which calculates insect loss through biocides for home use and to compensate the loss by establishing insect-friendly habitats outdoors. This book explains the philosophy and model and makes Insect Respect's concrete activities visible through which the organisation sensitises society for the value and benefit of Insects.

The author Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus ist CEO of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG in Bielefeld (Germany) and of Reckhaus AG in Gais (Switzerland). For 60 years the company has been specialised in development and production of insect control products. By founding Insect Respect, the company starts its transformation from a manufacturer of chemical products towards a supplier of ecological services.

The book can be bought postage-free (DACH region). Order now: kontakt@insect-respect.org. It is available in German only.

Insect Respect (2019): Activity Report 2018

Insect Respect is gaining momentum! Thus, the second activity report talks about fascinating projects, events and publications from 2018. Among others about:

  • the new Insect Respect compensation areas in Bielefeld, with detailed maps of the areas,
  • the establishment of partner areas with Herrmann Kräuter, RITTER SPORT and the ÖKOPROFIT-Klub OWL,
  • the highlights of the Day of Insects in Germany and Switzerland,
  • the introduction of the new warning notice "Product kills valuable insects",
  • the cooperation with new partners: ALUKON, Yuna Miray, BirdLife Switzerland...
  • and it presents an overview of various talks about and awards for Insect Respect.

Activity Report (PDF, in German)

Insect Respect (2018): Conference documentation „Day of Insects Switzerland”

Insect Respect organised together with BirdlLife Switzerland on November, 15th 2018 the first Day of insects.

Representatives from science, economy, civil society and the media were inspired by keynote speeches from experts as well as from the panel discussion. The participants highly appreciated the World Café and networking breaks for exchanging views on insects and insect protection. Along with further well-known insect professionals, Dr. Betrand Piccard and Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren provided information on insect decline, current developments and approaches to solve the issue. In addition to short summaries and impressions, the multimedial conference documentation also contains links to the event videos.

Tagungsdokumentation - Download als pdf


Anniversary brochure:
10 years 'Biodiversity in Good Company' initiative

Because of Reckhaus' commitment to saving insects with Insect Respect the company became a member of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' initiative. The members are companies, such as REWE, Ritter Sport and HeidelbergCement, which consistently champion biodiversity protection and conservation. The anniversary brochure was published in late 2018. It shows milestones of the members' best practice examples from the last decade, among others from Reckhaus.

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, congratulated on the initiative's 10 year anniversary: "I appreciate it very much that the member companies fight for an economy which respects the limits of nature and environment. They live up to their societal responsibility and show with practical examples the different possibilities companies have when it comes to protecting biodiversity. This deserves respect and encourages imitation!"

Anniversary brochure (PDF, in German)

Insect Respect (2017): conference documentation „Value of Insects“

On 9th november 2017, the conference „Value of Insects. Contributions by enterprises and society to maintain biodiversity“ in Bielefeld attracted more than 130 represantatives of economy, science, politics and environmental organisations as well as from the media. Following the invitation of Insect Respect and the Bertelsmann Foundation diverse possibilities and solutions to stop insects dying were discussed.

Download „Multimedial conference documentation" (pdf, German, 32 pages)

Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2017): Why every fly counts.

A Documentation about the Value and Endangerment of Insects. Springer Verlag.

"Warum jede Fliege zählt“ was published in English by Springer publishing house under the title „Why Every Fly Counts“ in summer 2017.

"The publications of Insect Respect are unique: They do not discuss single aspects like biotechnology or beneficial insects or pests, they rather show the important role of this animal group in the whole balance of ecosystems. This kind of literature really bridges a gap in the market."     

Prof. Dr. Stanislav N. Gorb, Zoological Institute, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Kiel University

"This is an important book in the age of unrestrained bees and insects dying. It is based on well investigated examples and demonstrates the importance of insects in their various functions for life on this planet as well as the fact that they can be unpleasent for humans. Thus their benefits for humans and ecosystems are presented as well as the dangers, which they can cause in their role as disease carriers or parasites for humans. Insects play a key role in the fine-tuned processes and the resilience of ecological processes that are essential for the preservation of an environment beneficial to human beings. However this balance was destroyed by human activities, such as the industrialized agriculture, where large amounts of insecticides are used. This book is not just an appeal to change our behaviour: In another publication (title: „Insect Respect“) the author points out ways to handle this challenge."     

Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Institute of Integrative Biology IBZ, ETH Zürich

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Insect Respect (2017): conference documentation „Tag der Insekten“

In cooperation with namu e.V. Insect Respect hosted the first „Day of Insects“ on 30th of March 2017.

Experts from the fields of science, economy, civil-society and media gathered together in this interdisciplinary congress. Among others researchers in the fields of bioeconomics, committed individuals against light pollution, exterminators, conversationists, entrepreneurs and environmental educators discussed the topic of „promoting insects“.

Download „Conference documentation“ (pdf, German, 32 pages)




Insect Respect (2017): Promoting Insects

Insects do like it homely, diverse, varied and species-rich. Tips and measures for people interested in supporting insects.

Download "Promoting Insects" (pdf, German, 4 pages)


Insect Respect (2017): Glossary

More than 100 of the most common terms and catchwords related to insects and insects control. Starting with A like Abundance ending at Z like Zoonosis.

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Insect Respect (2016): Investigation report on the compensation areas

In collaboration with the „Working Group of Westphalian Entomologists“ and the „Swiss Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape“ Insect Respect created an investigation report on the compensation areas. One year after their completion the researchers examined the development of the two roofs in Bielefeld and Gais.

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Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (2017): Kleine Riesen – Von Insekten, Kunst und Respekt.

In: Hildebrandt, Alexandra (Ed.): CSR und Digitalisierung.
Digital transformation: chances and challenges for economy and society. Berlin: Springer publishing house, p. 575-591.

ISBN 978-3-662-53202-7

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Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (2017): Umdenken! Die von der Kunst angestossene, zeitgemässe Transformation eines traditionsreichen Biozidherstellers.

In: Lehmann, Ulrike (Ed.): Wirtschaft trifft Kunst
Why companies benefit from art. Berlin: Springer publishing house.

In 2017 Dr. Ulrike Lehmann released her book „Wirtschafft trifft Kunst. Warum Kunst Unternehmen gut tut“ in which more than 30 well-known authors contributed. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus tells his story – starting as a traditional biocdes company and becoming a service provider for insects under the title „Umdenken! Die von der Kunst angestossene, zeitgemässe Transformation eines traditionsreichen Biozidherstellers“ („Rethink! The contemporary transformation of a traditional biocide company initiated by art“).

ISBN 978-3-658-17298-5

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Insect Respect in case studies



Iris Dick, Stephan Josef Dick and Gertraud Wegst (2017): Wertschätzung

Their book „Wertschätzung – Wie Flow entsteht und die Zahlen stimmen“ („Appreciation - Creating Flow and good results“) presents Getraud Wegst‘, Iris Dick‘ and Stephan Josefs‘ impulses and practices for the figuration of a succesful cooperation. The story of Insect Respect is one of the practical examples in this book, which has been released in 2017 by Vahlen publishing house (347 pages).

ISBN 978-3800654369








Sebastian Olma (2014): Chemieindustrie. Über die Kunst zum nachhaltigen Geschäftsmodell.

In: CREATIVE.NRW (Ed.): Innovationsökonomien
Strategies for a business renewal. Wuppertal: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industrie, Middle Class and Craft of North Rhine-Westphalia, p. 49-53.

How can business, culture and creativity be combined profitably? The publication „Innovation Economies“ from the CREATIVE.NRW competence centre demonstrates this using 14 exemplary companies from Germany and Europe, also including Reckhaus and Insect Respect.

Book chapter as PDF document

Interview with Dr. H.-D. Reckhaus

Video clip on the presentation