If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months. - E. O. Wilson
Dr Abe V Rotor
Precariously perched, oh Dragonfly;
your doom awaits below;
a leap away or two, and time ticks,
for there's no tomorrow.
Bird droppings, these caterpillars assume;
to deceive their enemies;
until they emerge - long secret preserved,
mystery to the scientists.
Anona fruit borers feast in numbers -
their survival, yet their doom;
when too many, and fruits are few,
and there's not enough room.
Bagworm, turtle in the insect world;
carries its house as it roams around,
bit by bit builds a beautiful mansion,
only to abandon it in the final round.
Green like a leaf and slim like snake,
this caterpillar bold and free;
Pavlov could be wrong to insects,
and Charles Darwin in mimicry.
Cicada, it's the male shrilling in the trees,
love call to the females on the run;
then a would-be bride or two come close
to Romeo and Caruso rolled into one.
Cotton Stainer - quess what is the first dye,
but its saliva in the cotton boll;
ever wonder how designs of fabric are made,
but stains in colors, hues and all.
Oriental cockroach - filthiest of all insects,
yet catholic a cleaning habit it got;
of millions of germs it carries and spreads,
it too, disposes more through its gut.
Termites, how canny, deceitful;
disguised as coy and shy;
yet could bring a house crushing
down amidst fear and cry.
Nature's executioner - preying mantis;
killer by instinct, pious in look,
yet friendly to gardens and farms,
devouring pest in every nook.
Psylla lice - the scourge of ipil-ipil trees,
epidemic to the imported varieties,
wiping out plantations in the seventies,
save the indigenous lowly species.
A butterfly makes a garden
with sunrise in union,
plants to bloom to carry on
the next generation.
Wasp pollinator - enigma of procreation
of a fig by co-evolution;
by rule, one cannot live without the other
in Nature's strictest order.
with inviting coloration,
repugnant odor, to attract and repel,
for freedom and admiration.
Tiger moth, remote mimicry
of a dreadful brute;
if threat is preserved this way
what then is truth?
Rhinoceros beetle, fierce looking male,
all bluff in a dangerous world;
the female coy and naive her strategy,
both stronger than the sword.
Leafhoppers - minute yet destructive
in countless number;
sipping the vitality of plants
turning them green to amber.