|June Bugs emerging from the ground, North Carolina|
|Mantis on my mailbox|
It's not all gloom and doom, though. Insects really are fascinating. Although they can wreak havoc, they also do a lot of good, from pollinating plants to natural pest control. My praying mantis visitors are always a welcome sight, as I understand (and hope) they can control black widow populations. And entertainment wise, you can't beat a field of fireflies on a warm summer evening.
It does seem like there are more bugs than I recall in the past - bigger, more exotic ones, things I've never heard of. We were visited by a "Dobsonfly" at a playground in Maine this summer. A huge thing, with 4" wings and when its photo was blown up, quite intimidating! Apparently, rare and harmless, but quite amazing. I find I've been photographing more insects these days. Changing interests? New camera? More bugs?
Another interesting take on insects…In a report released last year, the UN reminds us there are more than 1,900 edible insect species! Apparently 80% of the world already eats bugs, something the western world is reticent to embrace. The most commonly eaten insect - beetles - long-horned, dung, june and rhinoceros varieties. High in protein, they can be roasted over coals and enjoyed like popcorn. Or enjoy the latest pairings, Beer and Bugs! Embrace the change!