When I was a kid, I found the world’s biggest, hairiest spider in the gutter in front of my house! I should have left her alone, but I didn’t. I poked her with a stick, and then watched in horror as her “hair” ran in a thousand directions! My World Book Encyclopedia informed me that she was a Wolf Spider, a species known for carrying their babies on their backs. And I thought I knew “all about” insects. Hah! I was wrong–way wrong.
There are 10 quintillion insects in the world. That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 –200 million of them for each of us! And we’ve only discovered or named about 20% of them (or they us, for that matter). Which is a shame, because…
We have a lot to teach each other.
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(Don’t miss the quotes after the pictures.)
“Insects are not drawn to candle flames, they are drawn to the light on the far side of the flame. They go into the flame and sizzle to nothingness because they’re so eager to get to the light on the other side.” ~Michael Cunningham (I.e. They’re a lot like us. ~MT)
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” ~Franz Kafka
“No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful. And a dung beetle couple in love constantly proves that you still can be in love living on sh-t.” ~Munia Khan
“Go to the ant, O sluggard. Observe her ways and be wise.”