General information about insects
The army of insects is usually highly visible. There are an estimated 1.5 million species that have infiltrated all mainland areas. Of these, there are approximately 750,000 species which are relatively well known.
Wealth of diversities and the adaptability of insects is almost fantastic. It stretches from the darting silver fish in the damp corners of our homes to the fluttering butterfly in field and forest, to the mole cricket in the earth, to the water beetle in a stream or pond, from the gnawing bark beetles in the bark, inner bark and trunk, to the predator-wandering dragonfly, from the firmly attached mealy bug, to restlessly active ant, to the short-lived mayfly, to the elderly and queen bee, and from the primitive cockroach to the blood-sucking mosquito and fly. This list shows that the insects were able to conquer every habitable niche on the mainland, and that they are intrinsically woven into the big ring in life.
Insects act as:
- as pollinators of flowering plants,
- as distributors of numerous plant seeds,
- as a protection force for many endangered plants,
- as the cleaners, crap drivers, street sweepers and gravedigger of nature,
- and as an accelerator of decay as well as talented degradation specialists.
Insects are an important link in the cycle of nature. They serve as food for many creatures and in turn collect their dues from plants and animals - some of them even from us people.
The human / insect relationship only becomes critical if both species occupy a territory in close proximity, which man considers to be his sole property. This is the case when insects leave their designated habitat in the great outdoors and invade the habitat of mankind.
Information regarding the insects this pertains to, how they massively affect the quality of human life - and what we can do about it - can be found on the next pages.