Why are insects an important biological resource?
By Jacinta Mc. from PA
They help pollinate plants and without pollination we'd be doing it by hand if we hoped to eat. They also perform cleaning functions, eating things that are decaying which might make us sick if not processed away. They kill one another, which eliminates some unwanted insects. They are food for other creatures in the food chain, including humans. I have heard that roasted locusts are an important food source during times when locust swarms consume normal food crops. The body is eaten much like a chicken, little drumsticks and breast meat.
The complexity of life and interwoven functions is really
much more than we can comprehend but we can spend a lifetime adding to what we do understand.
My personal belief is that what is here is needed, even though we might not understand yet what for. I am sure there is much more that would be very interesting to hear. I'm not crazy about insects, but by and large I leave them alone and don't spray them, though I did when I didn't know any better.
Insects perform a vast number of important functions in our ecosystem. They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests; they also decompose dead materials, thereby reintroducing nutrients into the soil. Burrowing bugs such as ants and beetles dig tunnels that provide channels for water, benefiting plants. Bees play a major role in pollinating fruit trees and flower blossoms. Gardeners love the big-eyed bug and praying mantis because they control the size of certain insect populations, such as aphids and caterpillars, which feed on new plant growth. Finally, all insects fertilize the soil with the nutrients from their droppings
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