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IN Lifestyle ON 13 Oct, 2016
Bugs frustrate us all. These flies into our houses, bite us, contaminate our foods, and make life miserable if not taken care of. But that's not the whole story. That's only a single side of it. We have a huge number of criminals crowding our jails. But does that mean the whole humankind is criminal? The answer is a clear no. The same way, not all of these bugs are harmful to us.
Rather, we have many insects in our lives that help us in many ways. We would never want these to stop doing what they do for us.
Let's know which insects help us in what ways.
This one is quite popular. Albert Einstein once said, "If bees disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left."
Bees are the busiest insects. They produce honey by collecting pollen and nectar from flowers and other plants. We know how much we consume honey for edible and medical purposes. Moreover, they are the biggest pollinators in the world. Pollination is what helps plants reproduce and no bee means no pollination. This will lead to the extinction of plants, then animals, and ultimately us.
Have you ever spotted this red and black spotted bug in your garden? These insects maintain the health of your garden as they feed themselves on the aphids which are the leeches for your plants. These aphids suck the life out of your plants and in this case ladybirds are the saviors.
Silkworms also known as caterpillars are moths rather worms. These are very useful insects for us humans as they prepare silk cloths for us. These feed on leaves of mulberry trees. When they pupate, they spin a cocoon made up of a thread of silk. We harvest these cocoons to produce silk. Thus insects even help in making a particular kind of cloth as well.
Leaving your lights on and curtains open, you can invite these species. They are identified by large veined wings that give them the name they have. The baby lacewings are voracious meat eaters. They are capable of eating more than what they weigh. They feed on a larger number of pests and thus help us get rid of them.
Often confused with the bees, hoverflies are another species that are excellent pollinators. But what makes them more beneficial is that they even help in controlling pests. Due to their hovering from one flower to other, they are called hoverflies. They are deliberately attracted to stay in gardens.
These are the other vital species of insects for humans. Beetles have diversified groups. Many of these groups such as ground beetles and rove beetles are natural predators of the agricultural pests. These on a large scale help us in pest control. Another group of beetles known as jewel beetles have beautiful wings in glossy colours. The wings of these are used in jewellery like earrings and also in many artworks by the artists.
These insects help the recycling of biomass. These consume dead plants and animals for their survival. Thus they contribute in recycling the biomass in nature. They thus make our soil fertile for agricultural purposes.
So, we now know that not all the bugs are harmful to us. Like us even these insects are not all bad. Most of these bugs harm us, but we do have some beneficial species at our side.
If you know other helpful species of insects, let us know.