WARNING! WARNING! If you are squeamish about insects then this might not be the post for you. I say that because of a fellow blogging friend who I know absolutely abhors the ugly insect part of this post; I told her that when I post this I would put up a warning first. Promise kept…now on to the bugs! Bees – the good – those wonderful insects that make honey for themselves and us; the critters that without them we would be in a world of trouble because they help to pollinate all of the plants in nature and those that we grow.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera
The bad is the fly. I’ve yet to come upon anyone who like flies and I don’t think I have ever read anything positive about them either in any form of literature. But they surely have some sort of purpose in being else the creator wouldn’t have put them here. While trying to capture images of bees I noticed there were all of these flies on the flowers. That was a first. And unlike the bees that were incredibly fast in their goings about, the flies held rather still many times.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Diptera
And the worst of the bunch (especially to us who have/had rose gardens) is the Japanese Beetle. They appear out of nowhere in the summer and proceed to have their way with our flowers destroying bushes in their ravenous wake. And they are extremely difficult to get rid of. You can spray and put out boxes but they just keep going! Although not very destructive in Japan where they have natural predators, here in N. America they are a serious pest of about 200 species of plants. Not only was this bunch destroying a beautiful rose they apparently were in the midst of an orgy. Debaucherous beetles!
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera