Respect the Bugs
When I wrote Marijuana Pest & Disease Control I developed a great appreciation for bugs and the other insects that enter our gardens. I began to admire their unique roles in nature. Most of the time we underestimate them and denigrate their skills of communication and adaption. All these creatures are survivors, no different than us, struggling to sustain themselves.
This is visually apparent in the winners from the video competition that the Entomological Society of America sponsors annually.
Hornworm Meets Alien opens with the hornworm’s voracious demolition of a tomato and concludes with the equally destructive capabilities of predator wasps decimating the large green caterpillar from within.
I’ve always been in awe of ants. They have colonized every continent except Antarctica. The Ants Africa video shows ants on the march. They are organized, focused, and successful hunters.
After watching these videos, you will think differently about what most of us regard as “pests”. And although these creatures can undermine your crops, it’s also possible to protect your plants in a way that respects their role in the ecosystem we all share.
Enjoy the film fest: