Insects Eating – Nature’s Composting | Love Nature

Insects Eating – Nature’s Composting | Love Nature


Mealworms,
originally from the Mediterranean, are now also global pests, but that’s because they’re
so good at doing their job; as nature’s clean-up crew. (ambient sounds) Different teams of cleaners are called on for different jobs. In the rainforests of Malaysia, a jungle nymph gorges on
a lovely, fresh flower. But it’s messy and
squanders more than it eats. (thud) Below, the rainforest soil pulses as the clean-up crew rallies. In this case, Syrian cockroaches. they live buried in loose soil and begin to dismantle the
wasted flower from below. Everyone hates roaches, but in the wild they are actually the good guys. Hard working laborers
on the clean-up crew. Many populations of Syrian roaches consist entirely of female clones that can reproduce asexually. So, soon build up into huge numbers. All the better to get
the job done quickly. (consistent beat) Attracted by the scent,
African flower beetles swarm over a piece of fallen fruit. They normally get their sugar fix from the sweet nectar in flowers. So this is a huge sugary jackpot. It pulls in a crowd. They slurp up the concentrated fruit juice and chew on the succulent flesh. But some recyclers have to
take on less appetizing jobs. When a South American
giant grasshopper molts it discards it brittle exoskeleton. (thud) Not the most mouth watering meal, but it still needs to get recycled. Arriving ready for work; wood lice. Wood lice normally recycle
fragments of dead plants, which are made of tough cellulose. This exoskeleton is made of chitin, a similar carbohydrate. So wood louse’s impressive
digestive system can extract nutrients even
from this dried up husk. Without nature’s clean-up crew the world would quickly drown in rotting food, excrement and corpses. This dead rodent is in need of disposal and cockroaches are one
of nature’s undertakers. The putrid stink of rotting flesh is irresistible to the these
South American cave roaches. The roaches are so good at this job they are one of the species of cockroaches being used to turn human
food waste into compost. A process called blatty composting. But nature’s clean-up crew has already made itself at home in
our world, uninvited. Food like rice, pasta, cereals
is just dead plant matter to some bugs in need of recycling. Untidy pantries provide a feast for mealworms that, given the chance, infest our dried cereals and grains. When they become adult
beetles they mate right away. Each female can lay 500 eggs. A population explosion waiting to happen. That’s not good news in our homes.

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