Our Program

Why Study Bugs?

Bugs are amazing creatures! Some scientists believe there could be up to 30 million species of arthropods. There's a huge potential to discover something amazing with so many undiscovered. That's one of the many reasons that 'bugs' are worth studying.

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Bugs

When we use the term ‘bugs' we are of course specifically referring to the phylum of animals called arthropods; insects, crustaceans, myriapods and arachnids. Many others use the term ‘bugs' to mean any invertebrate animal (animals with no backbone). These include; worms, slugs, mollusks and many others. We are interested in the study of biodiversity. Biodiversity includes all life forms.

Bugs however are the platform from which we spring to study biodiversity. The interdependence of nature always overlaps any single topic such as 'bugs'.

For example, when we are studying bugs we will encounter food chains. Food chains lead us to identify; food plants, predators, habitats, animal behaviors, animal adaptations and environmental issues that may be having effects on ecosystems so, even though we have a particular interest in ‘arthropods,' we are interested in the study of biodiversity.

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The diversity of bugs is enormous and many species have not been described or named by scientists. Real discovery potential exists when we study bugs.

Population

It is estimated that about 45% of arthropod species are yet to be named or discovered and some scientists estimate that there could be up to 30 million species of invertebrate animals. That means there could be up to 13.5 million species of invertebrates to discover. What a mysterious and exciting challenge. It's like a quest: - We collectively build our own ‘Tree of Life' picture by adding photos and locating them in area for all to share. We are on this quest of discovery together. There's much to find so let's get started.

Environment

Bugs play vital roles in healthy and sustainable environments. Professor Edward O. Wilson, patron of Bug BlitzTM, says that without bugs on earth, terrestrial or land based life would disappear within 2 years. So...bugs are crucial to sustaining life on earth. Bugs are the great pollinators. They fertilize plants and crops worldwide and they do it for nothing. Pollination is just one of their roles. We need them!
Discovering the crucial ways that bugs contribute to environmental sustainability is part of your Bug BlitzTM journey. Hopefully along the way you may make discoveries to contribute to our growing understanding of nature.

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Bugs are intertwined with human life and have vast influences in our culture, like the piece of Spanish music La Cucaracha, with its matching Latin dance move, meaning to "Squash the cockroach." We have movies about; ants, bugs, bees, aliens that look like insects, killer cockroaches and more. We have aircraft named after insects, songs about bugs, we use these creatures in symbolic ways, in mythology, fables, paintings, poetry and... most of us eat some kind of bug! They invade our gardens in their quest for food, some spread major diseases and some provide us with medicines. Bugs pervade almost every aspect of human existence, are represented in all disciplines of knowledge from great works of literature and creation stories to the scientific quest to discover, name and understand them all.

That's why bugs! There's so much to discover and learn. And what better subject could there be than nature itself.

Enjoy your quest of discovery.