The fear of insects is called entomophobia. It’s a phobia affecting nineteen million Americans, making it one of the top fears people have. The insects people most commonly fear are ants, beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and even moths and butterflies. If I selected the insects I dislike the most, they would probably be mosquitoes – at least the female ones. However, we must realize that insects of all varieties are essential for human life, and even mosquitoes serve a useful purpose.
On this website, we have written about insects many times. Instead of having a fear of insects, we would do well to study and learn from them. The following links to some of the insect articles we have posted can help you see that our six-legged friends are fascinating. Let’s start with those dreaded mosquitoes.
WHY DO WE HAVE MOSQUITOES?
SOLUTIONS TO MOSQUITO PROBLEMS
DANGEROUS ANIMALS THAT WE FEAR
Ants are another family of insects we can’t ignore.
ANTS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE ON EARTH
ANTS USING TOOLS
ANTS USING VIBRATING SAWS
ANTS USING SEALED DOORWAYS
ANTS OF THE SAHARA DESERT
Ants and mosquitoes live on every continent except Antarctica. Entomologists estimate there are 20,000 species of ants, but only 13,800 have so far been studied and classified. However, ants don’t hold the record for the largest number of insect species. That honor belongs to another insect family, which we will look at tomorrow.
— Roland Earnst © 2023