Nature Blog Network Future Earth: Buglife

Wednesday, 18 June 2008


More words of wisdom from Sir David Attenborough (Life in the Undergrowth): "If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse."

23-29th June 2008 is National Insect Week in the U.K. and some of the endangered ones need our support. If you would like to know more about why insects and other invertebrates are crucial, underated ingredients of our planet's diversity, visit Buglife (and the buzz is that, if you join up during the week, it's at a discounted £1 a month for 18 months). And if your emotions are being excited by the thought of increasing your knowledge of invertebrate diversity, you are in good company. In Charles Darwin's own words.... "Whenever I hear of the capture of rare beetles, I feel like an old war-horse at the sound of a trumpet" . Go on, get out there and explore the undergrowth. Feel your sap rising. As the likely inheritors of the earth, there is clearly more to insects than their taste & nutritional value.

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