Insects - A important part of our ecosystem

  • 28 June

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

A German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, and philologist

 

India is one of those few places on our planet which enjoys all the seasons and we are welcoming the monsoon season these days. With monsoon comes the creepy crawlers, we all try to avoid. Yes I’m talking about the insects. However, it doesn’t matter whether we like them or not, they are an important part of our ecosystem. So let's find out some interesting facts about our silent uninvited neighbours.

 

  • There are estimated to be 10 quintillion insects on earth (1 followed by 19 zeros) and less than 8 billion humans (8 followed by 9 zeros).  So if one day, the insects grow to our sizes, humans can not survive them.
  • There are millions of known insect species and still counting.
  • Insects are the reason for many small to large scale industries.
  • Drosophila fruit flies were the first insects taken to space in 1947.
  • Dragonflies have been on earth for 300 million years! They have lived with dinosaurs but the early species were bigger and larger than what we see today.
  • A bee’s wings flap 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute, which is really really fast.
  • A honey bee produces around 100KGs of honey in its lifetime.
  • Ants can carry objects 50 times their own body weight in their jaws which enables them to produce more force and carry larger objects.
  • Cockroaches can live for up to a month without food, and up to two weeks without water.
  • Butterfly wings are actually clear, the colors and patterns we see are made by the reflection of the tiny scales covering them.
  • The word cricket comes from the Old French word criquet, and refers to the cricket’s sound. People thought that those repeated chirps sounded like “criquet … criquet … criquet.”
  • The vast majority of spiders are harmless and serve a critical purpose: controlling insect populations that could otherwise devastate crops.

 

Whether we like them or not, insects do play a crucial role in our ecosystem from fertilizing the soil to pollination and a lot more. So during this monsoon season, when this friend of ours crawls inside your house, do not go for the kill. Try to carefully capture and release it back in the ecosystem, where they are serving their purpose and not appreciated enough.

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