INSECTS, CRITICAL TO OUR EXISTENCE

An interesting topic indeed. Insects, bugs, however one wishes to label them are here to stay (or so we think) and although they overrule, the human population should perhaps be viewed in a different light; that being the relentless onslaught on their existence. One has to admit that some are quite cute, others seen as horrendous with their many shapes, sizes and peculiarities.

There are exceptions as to how they are perceived and even used commercially. For example ladybugs, also called ladybirds are so adorable often used graphically on children’s clothing, pottery, colouring books and so on. In contrast one would hardly expect to see a praying mantis on a cereal box intended for toddlers!!

It is often thought that fears arise because they are ugly, come in masses like swarms that threaten our cherished notion of individuality and are unlike ourselves with too many eyes and legs! In addition, many home-owners are obsessed with cleanliness and sanitation, giving some relief regarding unwelcome visitors.

Insect phobia is an irrational fear resulting in disgust and revulsion and can vary from mild annoyance to extreme terror.
Little wonder that these creatures feature so prominently in horror movies !

However, children often have a fascination with bugs and if left to explore nature in a safe manner will less likely inherit adult phobias.
Garden bugs are vital to the ecology as they reduce the number of pests, eliminating the use of insecticides.

Very basically some functions of Common garden bugs are categorized as below :

Pollinating `whereby some insects ensure the ongoing life of the species. These eager couriers are invariably rewarded with a shot of nectar.

Decomposing `ingesting dead animal and plant matter, enriching the soil, thus acting as ecological vacuum cleaners ridding the planet of unwanted debris.

Feeding `involving larger insects ingesting parasitic types that threaten plant survival, an enthusiastic type being the Praying mantis!

Sadly many human beings with little fore-thought are merciless in their endeavour to rid the planet of insects which make up 80% of all species on earth.
Destroying these creatures will make a huge impact on the web of life.

It is imperative that the youth of today are educated in this domain as insect numbers are declining and these unsung heroes must be saved.

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