The good the bad and the ugly bugs.
A few of the regular ones, we see in everyday life. The good Bees, the bad mosquitoes, the ugly spiders and of course the beautiful butterflies, which we often not appreciate in their fore stage as caterpillars.
Why are insects important?
Insects have a big role in our ecosystem. There are about 900,000 different species of insects which we know of, and probably some millions more we haven’t yet gave a name.
We all depend on each other, we all have a role in our ecosystem.
Far out the most important bug is the good Bee.
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When there is one animal what works so hard for us, it’s the Bee.
70% of all our agricultural crops depends on the work of the Bee and the Bumblebee. Greenpeace have started a big alarm in collaboration with the gardeners and farmers to Save the bees.
Annually 20 to 25% of all our colonies are not surviving the winter. In some regions even more than half of the bees die,
The Bad Mosquitoes
Even an irritating bug as the mosquito has it’s place in our ecosystem. This insect has it’s benefit. The larves are important food for the fish. And although we hate mosquitoes, they are well known disease-carriers, we love to eat fish.
The ugly Spider in his artistic web
When a spider isn’t toxic, you better let him live, a spider is responsible for cleaning up a lot of mosquitoes and flies.
There goes an urban legend around that every man approximately eat 5-8 spiders in his sleep.
Butterflies are an important link in nature. Not only do the caterpillars eat away huge amounts of plants but they are an important food source for many other animals. The wasps for example would not exist without caterpillars. Butterflies also play a role in the pollination of plants. Some species bloom at night and for their pollination they depend entirely on moths. Examples of plants that flower at night to lure are the primrose and the honeysuckle.
Surviving ain’t always easy
Some butterflies are adaptable and can survive in many different habitats, other are depending on one plant in particular. When a host plant disappears, the butterfly goes under with it.
Through reclamation and building, the habitat of the butterfly gets affected by man. Especially the moths are an important food source for the bat.
These flying flowers are a feast for the eyes.
We can help some of these creatures to survive, which is very important to our ecosystem.
Though most bugs are in human experience annoying, when species disappear, you get a chain reaction.
By Loes Knetschby