What’s your opinion on bugs?

What’s your opinion on bugs?

Most people don’t like little creepy crawlers. I, for one, love bugs, especially moths, roly-polies and lacewings! Whether you like it or not, bugs are important to the world. They’re decomposers, pollinators, and are the main source of food for many animals.

Insects have been here for around 440 million years and that was well before the dinosaurs. And because there was more oxygen in the atmosphere, they were much bigger than they are today! Insects have always played a big part in the evolution of our world, then and now.

Here are 3 of the most common insects that I feel deserve a little more appreciation.

 

Ants. These little guys can be quite annoying, but they are important, nonetheless. By cleaning up messes, like dropped foods, animal carcasses and rotten fruits, they keep the environment looking squeaky clean. As one of the best decomposers, they are a keystone species.

In order to dig their tunnels, which aerate the soil and clean up things that are much larger than them, they need to be super strong. They carry things that are up to 50 times their weight. For humans, it would be like lifting 9 thousand pounds!

 

Bees. Understandably, a lot of people are scared of bees. The thing is, without them, the world wouldn’t survive at all. They are one of the most well-known pollinators worldwide!

The job of pollinators is to help plants reproduce and this is good for the planet. Bees pollinate more than 5 thousand flowers a day and this makes them a keystone species!

 

Spiders. Fun fact: spiders are not technically insects (they are actually in their own category of animals call arachnids), but we’ll call them insects for simplicity. Because of their spooky webs and creepy crawly looks, spiders are one of the most feared insects in the world. They even have their own phobia called arachnophobia.

Spiders, of course, spin many webs to catch their prey. This helps with keeping the pest populations in check. Did you know they can eat 5-10 bugs each day? If you’re not a big fan of mosquitoes, like me, you’re in luck. Spiders love to chow them down! By eating so many insects, they help keep ecosystems all over the world in balance.

Bugs buddies. I know many people think insects look scary, but they help the world in so many ways. How about this: the next time you see a bug inside your house, instead of squishing it, try saving it by taking it outside. Not only will you not have to clean up bug guts, but you’ll also be doing yourself and the environment a favor.

Still hate bugs? That’s okay but I hope you can see that many insects are more than little pesty creatures. They are our friends and teammates in this world.

 

Mizuki Wong is a 9th grader at Mountainside High School. In their free time, they enjoy drawing, animating on YouTube, listening to music and learning about science.