Insects are our friends

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 June, 2004, 12:00am


What is your first reaction when you see an insect in your house? Scream? Step on it?

Hit it with something?

Most people are disgusted when they see an insect, but did you know that the world of insects is much larger than the world of mammals?

If you would like to learn more about the insects in Hong Kong, World Wide

Fund for Nature (WWF) is running a Mai Po Wetland Insect Watch programme in the summer.

The programme aims to give us a better understanding of the insects around us and show how fascinating the creatures are.

One of the activities is catching insects and, if you're lucky, you might be able to find some rare species.

Dragonflies will be among insects you will see. You will learn about their life cycle, from the egg to the nymph and finally to the adult dragonfly.

Many of you must have heard of conserving biodiversity, which means preventing species from becoming extinct.

Biodiversity is the variety of plants and animals that share our planet with us. Many species are under the threat of extinction.

You may think that there are too many insects around us, but it's not true. The biodiversity of insects has been on the decline ever since humans have been on this planet.

Insects play an important role in our ecosystem. If they become extinct, the food chain will be broken and many other animals, such as frogs, which feed on insects, will also disappear.

Bees and butterflies are important as they pollinate flowers. Research on insects can also lead to new medical discoveries.

Many insects live in woodlands and rainforests. Cutting down trees threatens their habitats and pushes them closer to extinction.

If we work together to save the world's forests, we will be doing the planet, and ourselves, a

big favour by preserving its biodiversity.