Wednesday, May 14, 2014

UST GS: Entomology Summer Class 2014. "I Love Insects for 13 Reasons"

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
 Seated: Edward R Montojo, Professor Abe V Rotor, Roanne B Romeroso. Standing, left to right: Arleen M Calipjo, Ma Shiela M Mangalonzo-De Jesus, Clarisse Mendoza, Elizabeth H Arenas, Shandylroz L Yamson
Maybelle S Borjal  and Reiza I Salinas. 

 I Love Insects for 13 Reasons                                   

1. I love insects for their honey, the sweetest sugar in the world, elixir, energy-packed, aphrodisiac, therapeutic, the culinary and confectionery arts it makes;

Moth of the spiny caterpillar (higad)

2. I love insects for their silk no human fabric can equal - cool in summer, warm in winter, velvety to the touch, flowing and free, friendly to the wind and sun, lovely in the night, royal on the throne, smooth to the skin, hypoallergenic, dynamic to fashion and casual wear;

3. I love insects for their shellac, the best varnish that lasts for years, unequaled by synthetic substitutes; their wax, the best lubricant and natural polish that makes the dancing floor alive and schoolrooms happy. 

4. I love insects for the resin they produce with certain plants which is used in worships, to bring the faithful to their knees, similarly to calm down fowls on their roost, drive vermin or keep them at bay, pacify and make peace with the unseen spirits;

A skipper with many false eyes, crepuscular in habit. 

5. I love insects for the amber, transparent rock originally from resin, which forever entrapped fossils of insects and other organisms, complete with their genes and attendant evidences of natural history, enabling us to read the past, turning back the hands of time in visual imagery;

6. I love insects for their crimson dye produced by certain scale insects that made the robes of kings and emperors, and only they were privileged to wear; likewise for their phosphorescence like the wing scales of butterflies that make the most beautiful and expensive paint for cars today;

Leafhopper (Nepothettix apicalis), greatly enlarged 

7. I love insects for their medicinal substances they produce - antibiotics from fly maggot and soldier ants, cantharidin from blister beetle, formic acid for weak heart, bee sting for rheumatism;

8. I love insects as food, high in protein and minerals, elixir and stimulant, not only in times of famine but as exotic food in class restaurants, and on occasions that bring closer bonding among members of communities and cultures;

9. I love insects for all the fruits and vegetables, the multiplication of plants, geographically and seasonally, through their being the world's greatest pollinators; and in effect make the ecosystems wholesome, complete and alive;
 Stink Bug, Nezara viridula, wearing a knight's armor 

10. I love insects for disposing garbage, of bringing back to nature organic compounds into elemental forms ready to be used again by the succeeding generations of living things.

11. I love insects for play, and for lessons in life - how they jump and fly, carry tremendous load which I wish I could, how they practice frugality, patience, fraternity, and how they circle a candle one lonely night and singed into its flame that inspires heroism and martyrdom;

Coconut beetles (Oryctes rhinoceros); lower specimen resembles a Triceratops 

12.  I love insects for the purest light they produced, beyond compare with the light produced by humans, light that joins the stars in heaven, light that guides my way in the dark, when hope is at its ebb, when I think the world is dead.   

13. I love insects for whatever nature designed them to be, their role in health and sickness, sorrow and joy, ugliness and beauty, deprivation and abundance, even in life and death, for I have learned that without insects, we humans - so with many other organisms - would not be here on earth.

The lighter side of life - learning from the insects. 

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