What good are Bugs?

We shriek about them, slap and spray them, and generally think of insects (when we think of them at all) as pests. Yet if all insects, or even a critical few, were to disappear – if there were none to pollinate plants, serve as food for other animals, dispose of dead organisms, and perform other ecologically essential tasks – virtually all terrestrial ecosystems on Earth, the webs of life, would unravel.

There is no way to predict what would replace them. But there is no doubt that without insects the world would be radically different and far less friendly to us humans, assuming that we could survive at all.

Waldbauer, G. (2003) What Good are Bugs? Insects in the Web of Life. London, UK. Harvard University Press

With small object sculpture in mind, can you imagine where I am heading with this?


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