Just read your spoiler text. Totally agree. Bugs have just died off this year to the extent that there's no point pursuing them 90% of the time.
On top of that, loot has become exceedingly difficult to catch, compared to how it was. Someone has decided to implement a system where it's not even possible to reach some of the loot bubbles in time to dive for them (they show up at a longer distance than can be reached before they vanish). Seems a bit sadistic, not just money hungry.
Yeah, it's a shame. I can't make much from bugs, and I hardly see any loot. The bubble spawns are inconsistent. There's a beta, maybe we'll get a chance to see some stuff change.