Baby, you’re an arthropod!

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Tony from mentioned in a comment that we need to appreciate the crawling critters more – not just because they’re beautiful, although they are, but because they’re play a vital role in maintaining life on earth.

Dragonflies, for instance, are predators that eat mosquitoes, flies, wasps, and other small insects. The humble dung beetle, although often unlovely, eats dung, saving us from becoming knee-deep in the stuff. Worms aerate the soil, as do other subterranean creatures, while bees and other insects pollinate crops, and other insects perform various other tasks necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

But if you’re still having trouble with the appreciation part, help is at hand: the ‘singing zoologist’ Lucas Miller has created an amusing paean to arthropods everywhere, with “Baby You’re An Arthropod“. Thanks to Pip Marks for the heads-up on this little video: if you’ve always wanted to see a large dancing cockroach, this is probably your only chance.

Update: if you want a simple summary, here’s why we need insects.

[Feature image: Yellow-winged darter dragonfly. Image by André Karwath aka Aka, licensed under Creative Commons 2.5]


  1. Wow, Thanks for the link to my blog in your post, I seriously wasn’t expecting something like that. I hope to learn more from your posts as time goes on.

    Thanks again.


  2. Thanks to you, Tony, for getting involved. 🙂 And I’ve got a couple of your posts bookmarked to comment on in future posts, but since my “Blog post ideas” list has 207 items, it might take a while. 😉

    1. Hi Pip,
      Thanks for the comment, and the video, and happy to be following – you write quite a bit of interesting stuff!

  3. The value of insects to human society has been an ongoing theme of my blog for some time. You may be interested in these two posts in particular:

    Keep up the good work!


    1. Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for those links – it’s always nice to find someone else who appreciates all the work these oft-neglected tiny creatures do. I’ve read those two posts, and I’ll peruse your site in more depth when I have a little more time .

  4. Over at Riddled we’re also venturing onto invertebrate biodiversity territory. We drink your milkshake!

    1. Hey, there’s nothing funkier than invertebrate biodiversity, at least when it’s either (a) brightly coloured, or (b) shaking its segmented bod.

      And you leave my milkshake alone!

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