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.

Slater – Wood Lice – Sow Bug – Pill Bug – Roly Poly – Woodlouse Insect | Short Documentary

Slater – Wood Lice – Sow Bug – Pill Bug – Roly Poly – Woodlouse Insect | Short Documentary


Living among the soil are slaters they are also known as woodlice, sowbugs, and pill bugs. Slaters are crustaceans that have adapted to living on land. They are related to aquatic and marine crabs, lobsters and prawns. They are scavengers feeding on decaying organic materials. Usually, they are considered beneficial although in recent times they have been considered as pests; among crops and pastures. Hey Guys, thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed the clip on slaters, if you did give us a thumbs up. Click the subscribe button so we can keep in touch and leave us a comment below. If you are a big fan of David Attenborough, like myself, please check out the links below in the description box. But for now take care and I will see you soon.

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth | Deep Look

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth | Deep Look


Pill bugs…… roly polies….. potato bugs… whatever you want to call them, somehow there’s something less creepy about these guys than other insects. More loveable, or something. Maybe it’s because they’re not insects
at all. Pill bugs are actually crustaceans. They’re more closely related to shrimp and
lobsters than crickets or beetles. Pill bugs even taste like shellfish, if you
cook them right. Some adventurous foragers call them wood shrimp. As early as 300 million years ago, some intrepid
ancestor crawled out of the ocean, sensing there might be more to eat, or less competition,
on dry land.” But unlike lobsters, pillbugs can roll up
into a perfect little ball for protection. If you look closely you can see the evidence
of where these guys came from. Like their ocean-dwelling cousins, pill bugs
still use gills to breathe. True insects — like this cricket — use a
totally different system. See those tiny holes on this cricket’s abdomen? They’re called spiracles. They lead to a series of tubes that bring
fresh air directly to the insect’s cells. But pill bugs don’t have any of that. To survive on land, they had to adapt. Their gills, called pleopods, are modified
to work in air. Folds in the pleopod gills developed into
hollow branched structures, almost like tiny lungs. In a way, the pillbug is only halfway to becoming
a true land animal. Because… they’re still gills. They need to be kept moist in order to work. Which is why you usually find pill bugs in
moist places, like under damp, rotting logs. They can’t venture too far away. Sure, pill bugs look like the most ordinary
of bugs. But they’re much more than that: evidence
that over evolutionary time, species make big, life-changing leaps. And those stories are written on their bodies. Hey, while we’re on the subject of oddball
crustaceans… check out this episode about mantis shrimp. Their eyes see colors we can’t even
comprehend. Their punch is faster than Muhammad Ali’s. And while we have you: Subscribe. OK? Thank you! And see you next time.