Insects & Metaphors

  Though the title of the documentary suggests that these insects were discovered in 2016, further research might prove some thing else otherwise.

   The documentary start off with a giant hornet queen about five centimeters long. It is said to lay up to “600 eggs” with “one goal”, “to raise an army”. A single newborn hornet is said to be capable of killing sixty bees and “six hundred hornets kill about thirty thousand bees in three hours” for a meal as shown in the documentary. If these killing machines kill so many bees one might argue why they were discovered only in 2016. After all, bees are raised world wide for their honey and their sting powder is thought to be cure to many cancer related illnesses. Then, the documentary introduces viewers to a diving beetle. A beetle that can fly but prefers to “swim like a tornado”. It’s specialty is breathing in water by pulling air in to the cavity beneath its wing in the form of an air bubble. If this beetle eats insects underwater like a “all you can eat buffet”, why was it not introduced as pest control in ponds, lakes and swamps that invite mosquitoes and other insects as well as viruses with them. Next, an insect called “the water strider” is introduced. An insect that has “mastered art of walking on water”. It is said to move about one meter a second. For a skater, this is “moving three ice rinks in one second”. If this insect was so fast on the surface of water, it is a mystery as to why it  hasn’t been studied as of yet for materials and equipment used in water sports. Fourth on the list is an ant lion. An ant devour er that lives in the middle of a desert. It is said it does not need to drink water since it gets its liquid from its prey. A prey that gets stuck in pits dug by this insect like something from a “star wars film”. If it is infact so creepy, why has Hollywood waited so long to discover it unless it evolved in to an ant lion only in 2016. Fifth, is a dragonfly that lives under water as a nymph for up to five years. Now, dragonflies have been in existence since man started recording. They have been the topic of several nursery books and epic tales. If this insect is in fact a dragonfly, it is in the records long time before this documentary was made. Then, a giant stick insect in introduced in the documentary. A strictly vegetarian  creature with its main defense “camouflage” as well as wings and tear gas as secondary weapons. If this insect can even fool a tree snake as shown in the documentary, why hasn’t man studied its tear gas properties for snake defense especially for snake charmers, circus and TV shows. Seventh on the list is wasp and paresotoid wasp. They are rather creepy hunters as one paralyzes its caterpillar prey for its infants while the latter lays eggs directly in to the caterpillar so its hatch lings come eating their way out of the caterpillar type prey. Many species of caterpillars are considered garden and farm pests. If this wasp are in fact so deadly to caterpillars, why has the consumer market for anti-pest products waited so long to introduce these wasps to control caterpillar population that feeds on plants and crops unless these wasps transformed in to wasps only in 2016. Eight on the list is the deadly praying mantis. Its sharp senses can detect movement about “eighteen meters away” on the forest floor. Well, this kind of sensory technology should have been used in motion sensors long time ago. Some light motion sensors  don’t even work from a meter away, never mind eighteen meters. Then, the documentary lists the “assassin bug” that liquefies its prey from inside. The toxic enzymes it injects through its straw needle like  mouth liquefies all body matter in to a soup which it slurps, leaving its prey lifeless. This kind of insect should have been listed with snakes and scorpions long time ago to find anti-venom or in this case anti-enzyme. Tenth on the list, are the “Driver” ants. A colony of “architects and engineers”, “hunters and gatherers”. They are said to build their columns as foundation for their nest and living walls  to protect their queen as well as “bridges up to twelve meters long to cross water”. The soldier ants decapitated head have been said to be used by tribal human colonies to close up their wounds. If this is  the case, why were the tribal colonies hiding these “blind” but super social ants for 2016? In twenty four hours that prey on an area as big as a football field consuming both birds, insects and animals. The  size of their consumption should be visible from satellite never mind drones and safaris. The documentary also mentions “Atlas Moth”, one of the largest insects in the tropics with wingspan over thirty centimeters long. This Godzilla size insect must have been hiding among the cannibal tribes of amazon to not get noticed until 2016. Furthermore, documentary lists the Hercules beetle as one of the newly discovered insects in 2016. If this insect consumes fruits, it must have been listed amongst other farm and garden pests long time ago.

    In conclusion, the creatures and insects mentioned in this documentary should be researched further for their origins as well as viruses and disease associated with these insects. There are many insect retailers world wide that would love to get their hands on new insects. Insects like worms and earthworms improve soil quality both for plants and other insects to flourish. Some insects are used as pet food for lizards and other small mammals. Other insects are used for pest control both for crops as well as plants. Insects like mosquitoes and flies are often a nuisance and deadly as they bring disease. Some of the same kind of deadly insects are color blind which means they might not be able to see a certain type of trap or racket used to stop insect bites. Also, many frequencies act as insect repellents – a useful property for research and development of consumer products.  Not to mention, the importance of these insects for research on new viruses, enzymes and anti-venom that they carry! Shipping and transporting these insects in extreme temperatures require innovations in existing consumer products if courier companies are to expand their shipping options for duration and quantity.

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