Insects. Their Importance in our WorldKeith
The Importance of Insects
Insects are everywhere around us. They are, by far, the most common animals on our planet. More than 1.5 million species have been named. This is triple the number of all other animals combined. Even so, some say that the insects that have been given names are only a small fraction of the species in nature. vast numbers are yet to be discovered.
Without them, our lives would be greatly different. They pollinate a lot of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables. We would not have much of the goods that we enjoy and rely on without the pollinating services of these creatures, not to mention honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products that insects give to us.
They are very important as primary or secondary decomposers. Without them to help break down and dispose of wastes, dead animals and plants would accumulate in our environment and it would be messy, smelly and dangerous to health.
They make our world much more interesting. Naturalists derive a great deal of satisfaction in watching ants work, bees pollinate, or dragonflies patrol. Can you imagine how dull life would become without having butterflies or lightning beetles to add interest to a landscape?
In spite of all their positive sides, some insects can cause problems, and do. Unfortunately, most people are more aware of the few that cause problems than they are of the more helpful insects. Uninformed people think that all of them are bad and all are in need of some control. We must always keep in mind that the good done by the many beneficial insects far outweighs any bad caused by a few pesky species. In spite of this, texts such as this are written about the relatively few insect pests that cause us harm.