I am not generally fond of insects, but of all insects or bugs in existence the type that I simply can’t stand is the bee. Bees are those striped, flying menaces, that are known for making honey and for their annoying and sometimes deadly stings. I have to admit, my aversion to bees is based entirely on their ability to sting. If bees were unable to sting, I would probably never even look at them twice, but the sheer fact that these little creatures pack such a painful punch is all I need to never want to see one again. While I love honey, I think I would be willing to give up on honey if it meant I would never have to encounter another bee in my life. The odd thing about my hatred for bees is that it all started from a hornet attack I was subjected to as a child. A hornet once found its way under my hat and began releasing a flurry of stings into my head. That single hornet traumatized me enough to keep me far from these insects, and all types of flying stinging insects in general. I am not allergic to bees, wasps, or hornets, but I definitely don’t want to ever be stung by one of these creatures again, especially in the head. Some may say that I need to outgrow this fear, but as small as these creatures are, the memory of the pain they caused me as a child is enough for me to stay out of their path.
Yesterday’s blog about super heroes got me thinking about the upcoming super hero movie, Ant-Man, and that reminded me of the spectacular insect that is the ant. The ant is a bug that is both hated and admired for its industrial nature and ingenuity. While almost all people would consider ants pests, it has to be said that they are quite brilliant in their own way. Ants have the ability to make a living in almost any setting, and due to their codependent nature their species has been able to thrive and stay safe even in more hostile territories. Ants are the most common single animal on almost every continent, as they hold a disproportionate percentage of the total biomass in any given ecosystem, and that total is based only on the number of species we known to man. Humans can probably learn much about community interaction from ants, since they are so productive as a unit, but theses animals don’t communicate the way we do. I sometimes like to wonder what the world would be like if humans communicated like ants or other organisms. If we used chemicals and smells in order to convey our desires and needs, would we be more productive? I know as humans, we waste plenty of time trying to figure out what others are trying to say, but I guess that’s just one of the tradeoffs of being more complex than insects. I could probably go on and on about these bugs from their immense strength to body ratio to their interesting breeding methods, but the fact of the mater is I get pretty grossed out by bugs so I will leave it at that. Ants are amazing creatures with plenty of applications that are beneficial to mankind, and as long as they stay out of our living spaces, I’m sure more people would be able to form a respect for these interesting creatures.