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Insects Are Busy Little Critters

When we hear the word "insect" we usually have negative thoughts -- buzzing around, stinging, biting, goo on our windows...those kinds of nasty things. But insects also include wonderful concepts such as butterflies and crickets. But! Insects exist in a realm much greater than human experiences -- they are living, thriving, exchange members of the ecosystem. And with some of the largest biomass in the entire ecosystem...second only to plants, they play a vital role in the health and vigor of our environment.

Here are some of the jobs insects do for us ungrateful big critters ;-)

They give their lives for their fellow critters as food. Birds, fish, toads, lizards, snakes and frogs, as well as many mammals, all depend on insects as valuable sources of food.

People depend on insects for honey, beeswax, and silk.

Our food crops, flowers, and plants couldn’t produce seeds without the pollen of nature’s busy insects.

Insects are also predators of pests that can destroy our gardens -- pests that include other insects, molds, viruses, and other tiny elments in the green and blue environment.

And many insects also play critical roles in recycling plant and animal materials, eliminating waste, and keeping our soils healthy.

As we get to know more about individual species of insects, we grow to appreciate their elegant and sometimes funky design, their life patterns, their work and their mating behaviors. Insects are fascinating to study, and vital to protect by not killing them unnecessarily with pesticides or other chemicals.

Get to know an insect today -- you'll be bug-eyed at what you discover!

For more articles about INSECTS

Lady Bug Invasion
Moths and Nightlights
Bees in the City
Insects are busy little critters
Earth's Most Successful Life Form
Keeping ants in nature