Damselfly_October_2007_Osaka_JapanYou can probably name lots of mammals. Dogs, cat, elephants, whales, humans—the list goes on and on. There are around 5,000 mammal species in the world—but that’s nothing compared to the million species of insects.
If you’re not a fan of insects, that fact might make your skin crawl, but don’t be so quick to judge—we need insects to help produce our food and keep the world beautiful. Insects like bees pollinate flowering plants, and without them, there would be no fruit and few flowers and vegetables. Insects are also an important part of the food chain. They eat the remains of dead plants and animals that would otherwise just stay on the ground, and they in turn are eaten by birds and many other animals. If they disappeared, all living creatures would be in trouble.
Insects aren’t just important, but also surprising and interesting. For instance, while many insects eat leaves and nectar from flowers, some giant water bugs use their powerful legs to catch fish twice their size! The next time you’re outside, see if you can find any insects. What surprises you about them?


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