Insects: Our Everyday Heroes | Whack & Epified

Insects: Our Everyday Heroes | Whack & Epified


You thought people ruled the world,
didn’t you? Well, think again! Insects might have a different opinion. Not least because
they outnumber people by 200 million to one and form about 50% of the
known living species on the planet. Yep, that’s right.
Welcome to another edition of Whack & Epified. Today we get talking about Earth’s huge insect population
and the many ways they affect our lives.. One of the biggest reasons there is
such a variety of insects and bugs in the world is because they are tough beings. Over the
millions of years they’ve been around, they learned to survive changes in habitat, all kinds of
predators and yes, even humans! Insects make a lot of difference in our lives,
especially when they get too close. Just ask those battling dengue and farmers
who have to contend with pests in their fields. But the positive effects far outweigh them.
Bugs, for example, provide the safest way to control pests in farms, no matter what
those pesticide companies say. Most importantly though, insects are charged with helping plants
pollinate, without which they couldn’t reproduce and we would not have food.. In fact bees, the most prolific
pollinators, are said to be responsible for one out of every three meals we eat. Not only is the
honey from their hives really sought after, but they also help cultivate fruits
and veggies globally worth $ 265 billion. But that great food service is threatened..The
bee population all over the world has fallen by upto 90% in places. This sudden disappearance
has been called colony collapse disorder, where hives upon hives die
out suddenly. Why is this happening? The environmentalists claim it is the neonicotinoid
in the fertilizers causing this. The dominant chemical in most modern fertilizers, neonicotinoid
damages the bees’ nervous system and makes them vulnerable to all kinds of parasites.
Once they get inside hives, it causes large scale bee deaths.. You can’t fault the bees for not organizing
themselves for success though. Hives contains about 60,000 bees at its peak, mostly females
dedicated to the service of the Queen Bee, the only one who reproduces. Bees are so practical
that male drones are kicked out of hives after they’ve mated with the Queen Bee. Bees don’t
need Dads apparently.. But speaking of industrial insects, no one
can match up with the ants. An anthill colony can contain upto 5 lakh ants at a time, all
of them with a clearly defined place in society. There are wingless female workers, the larger
soldier ants and a bunch of fertile males called drones. They are all ruled by a single
super-fertile queen, who lives twice as long as any of them.. Ants are literally found everywhere, except
for Antartica.. It probably has a lot to do with their hard working, co-operative nature.
In fact, the worker ants pretty much spend their entire lives working for the queen,
without even sleeping! Now that’s dedication.. Their domination of earth can probably only
be matched by cockroaches. They’ve been around for 320 million years and the experience
shows! Apart from nuclear holocausts, cockroaches can also survive for long periods without
food or water.. And when it comes to eating, they can nibble at leather, soap or even glue
from postage stamps.. Rotting food remains the favourite though – the
more rotted the better. Sometimes, our relationship with roaches becomes
a little too intimate! Get ready to be grossed out because apparently, most foods contain
cockroach bits in them.. Food Safety boards across the world recognize the fact and only
limit the number of cockroach bits in food, not ban them completely! It gets more shocking because of the almost
1 million species of insects, 1500 are supposed to be a regular part of our diet – the diet
we don’t really know about that is. These little creatures usually fly into your mouth
and into your food without you even realizing… Or maybe you did and liked it?! At this point,
We’re not too sure anymore! Insect life is usually short and harsh, what
with all those predators trying to eat you. The fact that they manage to keep up their
numbers in the face of such hostility says a lot about their reproductive skills! Like
termite queens from South East Asia, which lay upto 7000 eggs a day, insects are good
at beating the odds! Others have cool modifications to confuse
predators. It’s why butterflies come in all those sparkling colours. In fact, a few
butterflies also have listening devices on their wings to stay clear of bats. Some, like
the Japanese honeybees, even fight together to beat much bigger opponents, like hornets. Not only do these organisms help us live by
cultivating our plants, but they also have quite a few lessons to teach us about work
ethics and teamwork.. If only we could be as selfless as the ant, as tolerant as cockroaches
or as brave as honeybees, a lot of our problems would be solved! We’ll leave you with that food for thought..
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18 thoughts on “Insects: Our Everyday Heroes | Whack & Epified”

  1. There is a statistic which says that – if all the bugs on earth were to die, all the lifeforms on land would become extinct within 60 days!!
    Whereas, if all the humans die, all the other lifeforms on land would hugely flourish…!!!

  2. “If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth
    would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years
    all forms of life would flourish.” —- said by Jonas salk, who discovered first vaccine for polio

  3. Males are prosecuted in insect species , female praying mantis's eat the male after sex…. That's the reason they are praying all the time.

  4. thanks you so much who are presenting this type of knowledge to about everything living thing – non living thing history,culture and etc….

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