Insects Are Essential

Insects Are Essential

Insects are essential for wildlife.

 

"Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within." ~ Chinese Proverb

There are many animals that depend on insect protein for food which means that a land without insects is a land without most forms of higher life.  Habitat-Landscapes feels that it is very important for us all to understand the benefits insects offer to our environment. 

For example, did you know that:

  • 96% of all birds rely on insects to feed their young
  • As much as 60 percent of a hummingbird’s diet is actually made up of tiny insects, spiders, and other arthropods
  • Hummingbirds use spider webs to construct their nests
  • Pound for pound insects contain more protein than beef
  • 70% of all animals are insects
  • There are 4 million species but only 1% of insect species interact with us in a negative way.

Insects are essential to:

  • Pollinate plants (our food)
  • Keep populations of other insects in check
  • Aerate soil
  • Provide food for other animals/humans
  • Transfer energy from plants to other animals
  • Return nutrients in dead plants to the soil (decomposers)
  • Provide ecosystem services valued at $57 billion per year.

One of the main things you can do to help insects (and birds) thrive is to stop using toxic herbicides and pesticides, including pre and post emergent weed control products.  When you use these products, you are affecting the whole food chain - killing it all from the bottom up.  Once you stop using these products, you will notice that your garden will start coming alive!  Insects will thrive, pollinators will come to your garden, and birds will follow because in YOUR garden they will find deliscious food - your garden can be their favorite supermarket and then you will be rewarded with the wonders of Nature!

Learn more by watching a great video from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, on the importance of native plants to insects.

Happy gardening!

  

insects in nature