There are many more different kinds of insects in existence today than the total
of all kinds of other animals put together.
Many medicines originated from animals. The first anticoagulent was produced from
leeches that secrete an enzyme, hirudin, with anticoagulent properties.
According to recent findings discussed in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,
leeches may be successful therapeutic agents in controlling pain and inflammation
due to osteoarthritis.
Earthworms bring 1.2-1.5 tons of soil to the surface per hectare, improving soil
texture and the drainage of water.
The Asian Giant Honeybee Apis dorsata forms huge colonies in a single comb that
hangs from trees or buildings. Although these colonies regularly migrate over several
kms., the bees return to their original nest site- even after being away for a couple
of years. Such fidelity is known in migratory animals, but is unusual for social insects
where the workers live for only a few weeks and the ones returning may have never seen
the old nest site!
The fur on night flying moths is sound absorbent, performing the same function as
radar avoiding technology in the latest aircraft.
Scientists at the Univ. of Montana are examining the potential of honeybees in
explosive detection. They are thinking of training bees to sniff out explosives!
Some caterpillars warn off intruders by strumming on the leaves of plants that they live on.
Insects at Inheritance India :|
Our site harbours a rich diversity of insects evident by the dragon and damsel flies
which patrol the streams and ponds, the butterflies turning up in tune with the sunshine
and the damage patterns caused on leaves by their larvae, the moths which dash to the
single light source in the camp site, the huge bee hives hanging on tall trees and the
variety of coleopteran beetles which are found amidst the fallen trees and
Being the most diverse organisms of earth, the insects pose a real challenge towards
biodiversity assessment. The land is rich in them- that is what we know as of now.
Scientific studies are in the offing.
Inheritance India Land Conservation Company
4, Shakti, Gr Floor, 521 Adenwalla Road, Five Gardens,
Matunga, Mumbai 400019, India.
Tel: +91 (22) 3090 1718 / 2414 5225. Fax: +91 (22) 2415.
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