In this small world, the insects get along pretty well foraging the same plants, or so it appears. But from our perspective, the small world is broken down into “good and bad.”
Welcome to Wonderland, or at least that’s how it seems.
With animals, if it is furry or feathered, then it is “good”. Unwanted are most of the insects to most people unfortunately.
There is a place in people’s hearts for elephants and polar bears, but how often for the smallest creatures like insects? If it has a stinger or eight legs, insects are often mindlessly swatted and squished.
If it has colorful wings it may make the “good” list. The curiosity and imagination of small children can make things “good”. Adults are those teaching them some are bad, dangerous or icky.
Do you remember the story of Alice in Wonderland?
“I don’t rejoice in insects at all,” Alice explained, “because I’m rather afraid of them — at least the large kinds.”
In Wonderland, her 7 ½ year-old curiosity and wonderment makes her unafraid, even adventurous. It also helps that the insects talk too.
Wonderland has a peculiar view of nature, where wonderfully strange animals are big – even smart.
For instance, The Caterpillar is quite frustrating to Alice, asking questions that seem senseless. He also does not pay attention to her replies. Does this not remind you of how kids see parents?
Good or bad?
In reality, the insect world has many horror stories and many insects would be considered scary monsters to other insects. But to us… at least they are small.
It takes getting to know what insects really do. Lots of bugs we despise really do good in their natural world.
Ants, termites, and cockroaches invading your house brings in the exterminator, but in their element, these creatures are nature’s housekeepers, breaking down dead and rotting plant material.
No pretty flowers without all the bees and other pollinators.
Occasionally, they create hardship like the deer tick transmitting Lyme disease, or the Anopheles mosquito whose bite can inflict malaria. At times, we just can’t figure out how they benefit us. They do have their ecological niche though. Good or bad…
Insects do seem to rule the world…