- Education and Science
Garden Insects: Six Legs, Eight Legs, a Million Legs, No Legs!
Critters: Big and small
It is a big world for us and much much bigger for the small earth crawlers and the light winged wonders. Neither their sizes matter when it comes to photography. I wish I have an expensive camera with a much amazing macro lens for I love zooming in on my subjects especially the insects. You will find here some of the common insects that are easy to spot in gardens and I have included a couple of critters like the snail and a snake.
Insects multiply very rapidly and millions occupy all kinds of spaces in the world where it becomes their breeding place, be it land or in water. There are more than a million species of insects and this number is never ending. They are out there building nests of new communities of their kind and yet so many still to be discovered in every corner of the world.
Photos of some common critters.Click thumbnail to view full-size
On interest about insects.
Insects in general are very interesting from where they come from, how they live and their lifespan, their reproduction series and how beautiful and colourful they are. While insects could fear us (that is why butterflies fly away), humans fear them too. Gladly, I do not fear them. I am only frightened of chickens and birds! We do not want to hurt them but some could just really be a bug! But it is us who bug the bugs instead. Almost all of the bugs are harmless to human unless threatened and bugs can be avoided by maintaining a clean surrounding. To the Buddhist to hurt the tiniest insect is forbidden that is why they are not capable of hurting any living thing.
Insects have 6 legs. Spiders are not insects. Spiders have 8 legs and is an arachnid (a type of arthropod). Centipedes and millipedes are made up of multiple wiggly legs and these little leggy critters are also not insects but are called arthropods. As these centipedes and millipedes grow, a number of 2 legs are added per body segment. So, the longer they grow the more legs! Is not that convenient? Interestingly, I have played with millipedes in my childhood. We call them ‘train-train’, exactly, like a toy train. Unlike playing with an odourless toy train, the millipedes secrete an awful smell. That is its way of telling to live it alone.
"...along came a spider who sat down beside her, and frightened Miss Muffet away!" is a famous nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" recited hundreds of years and has lived till to this day in my household. My fifteen year old daughter named Muffet is so afraid of spiders that she is the only one who can spot them at home. "Kill it! Kill it!" she would scream. "All living things have to go through the circle of life and spiders cannot all be harmful, but also useful." I explained. I’d pick up the fragile poor fellow and free it in the backyard. Her being observant is cultivated out of fear of spiders.
How do you like 'em little critters?