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The Most Beneficial, Important Insects

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Most have been grossed out by insects a bit too close for comfort, but these bugs play important roles in the environment. Scientists have identified and named over 900,000 different species, with some researchers suggesting that up to 30 million or more species have yet to be discovered. Of the species we know of, scientists estimate there are about 10 quintillion (18 zeroes) insects buzzing about the Earth right now. And while not all have a glamorous purpose (bed bugs and mosquitoes, for example), many perform essential functions in society. About one-third of our food supply is supported through pollination, in which bees and other pollinators do diligent work. Caterpillars known as silkworms spin their saliva into cocoons, which can then be untangled and woven into expensive silk clothing. Ladybugs consume plant-destroying aphids that attack crops, trees and other natural greenery.

Like all creatures, insects can be both predator and prey. Though often misunderstood, even the enemies make a huge impact: spiders, cockroaches and even dung beetles help humans and other species thrive when they're not being squished. Take a look at this playlist to learn more about bugs—and why it's important to protect them.

You've probably heard about the sudden and mysterious drop in honey bee populations throughout the U.S.A. and Europe. Beekeepers used to report average losses in their worker bees of about 5-10% a year, but starting around 2006, that rate jumped to about 30%. Today, many large beekeeping operations are reporting that up to 40 or 50 percent of their swarms have mysteriously disappeared. This massive die-off of honey bee populations has been dubbed colony collapse disorder, and it is a big, big deal. Find out more in today's episode of SciShow. Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: -- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: References for this episode can be found in the Google document here:
Ladybugs are voracious predators that feed on a lot of pest insects, including aphids, which are a main part of the ladybug's diet. Discover how ladybugs are beneficial for controlling the aphid population with information from an entomologist and insect specialist in this free video on ladybugs. Expert: Mike Quinn Bio: Mike Quinn has a Master of Science degree in entomology from Texas A&M University. Filmmaker: Todd Green
If you're looking to get rid of pesky garden bugs, ditch the toxic chemicals! Green living expert Terri Bennett explains which beneficial bugs are good for your garden and the planet.
Read more: This arachnid thug muscles its way into other spiders' homes and attacks them head-on.
05:23 Organic pest control - Natural bug and insect repellents When it comes to insects in your garden, it's a bug eat bug world, so don't panic. Some bugs are good for plants. But how to control the bad ones without chemicals? Here's great advice from Scott Meyer, editor of Organic Gardening magazine. Keywords: organic pest control natural pest control natural bug repellent natural pesticide
Check out 5 reasons for eating insects. Want to save the world? Try switching your diet from burgers to bugs. In his latest documentary, 'Can Eating Insects Save the World', food adventurer Stefan Gates travels to Cambodia and Vietnam to investigate the potential in making the dietary switch. We won't spoil the ending for you, but here's a sneak peak at some benefits to consider... Number 5 - It could solve world hunger. Given their relative populations, each human could help themselves to a super-sized serving of 40 tons of insects. Number 4 - Built-in sustainability. For example, the mealworm can live on discarded wheat chaff alone. Number 3 - They offer a tasty variety of flavors and textures. At least, according to Stefan Gates they do. He describes red ants as being "lemony" and their eggs as having "creaminess." Number 2 - They're nutritious. Ounce for ounce, caterpillars provide more protein than chopped beef. Number 1 - Fewer -- if any - emotional strings attached. Except for maybe among those who had a pet centipede a child. fritters, anyone?
10 Incredibly Strong Insects They might be small, but these 10 incredibly strong insects can punch well above their weight. Music = Nu Bot Groov by Darren Leigh Purkiss Videos in the Endcard: 10 Deadliest Poisons Known To 'Humanity' - 10 Things That Make You A 90s Kid - 10 Common Myths About Weed - 10 Strange Discoveries On Google Earth - 10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions - 10 Things You Didn't Know About YouTube - Where else to find All Time 10s... Facebook: Twitter: Check out a selection of video's highlighting some Alltime10's favourite and interesting people.. @ 10. Cockroach 09. Honey Bee 08. Rhinoceros Beetle 07. Ironclad Beetle 06. Froghopper 05. Titan Beetle 04. Leafcutter Ants 03. Flea 02. Habrobracon 01. Dung Beetle