Thursday, August 29, 2019

Phillip Elden: Who Let The Bugs Out?

Phillip Elden
If insects bug you, it may be time to look at them in a different light. According to conservationist Phillip Elden, bugs big and small are an important part of Oregon’s ecosystem. Without them, many of the natural habitats in the state would not exist.

Phillip Elden explains that insects do more than just buzz around our heads at inconvenient times. Many of them served to pollinate the flora of the landscape that supports other creatures. Further, and just as important, bees, wasps, and other pollinators ensure a successful harvest each year. Honey, silk, beeswax, and many other products are also a product of bugs and their hard work.

Something that many people do not know about insects is that their diets are also important to the ecosystem. Many creepy crawlers are omnivoreshe sole source of food for many creatures, including avians, mammals, reptiles, and amphi, meaning that they will eat anything that will digest. This might include fungi, decaying matter, and many otherwise inedible sources of nutrition that crosses their path. Others are parasitic, which sounds a lot more frightening than it is. Parasitic insects help control populations of other creatures. Phillip Elden says that it is all about balance.

Sadly, Phillip Elden believes that the majority of people grossly under-appreciate the role that insects play in our overall food chain. He stresses that bugs are tbians. They are a protein-rich and readily available source of food and are essentially the takeout of the animal kingdom.

Phillip Elden says that you can appreciate bugs more by watching them work. He suggests that parents spend an evening with their children watching lightning bugs or taking photographs of dragonflies, bees, and other interesting flyers.

While there will always be bugs that no one wants around, the fact is every creature large and small plays a part in the world as we know it. Yes, Phillip Elden says that even includes those pesky mosquitoes.