Most of the material available in books or online is directed at older audiences. Kids mostly view insects as gross with a certain amount of fear factor around them.
Let's break this stereotype and make kids excited about insects.
A Smithsonian Institute article estimates that there are "10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000 or a billion billion) insects at any time." Another estimate claims that the world holds 300 pounds of insects for every pound of humans.
Then why save insects?
Because, of the 900,000 known species of insects (80% of all animal species) some like the Simandoa cave roach, extinct in the wild, were so unique that they were found in a single cave system in Africa which was destroyed for mining. Similarly, the Palos Verdes blue is an endangered butterfly found only in the Palos Verdes Peninsula of Los Angeles making it one of the world's rarest butterflies.
Our goal is to show case importance of insects in the food cycle, highlight at-risk population from loss of habitat and share the effects from global warming on local insect population.
We are not looking for fund raising or donations. Let's partner to make the world around us a better place.
Did you know that the nine-spotted ladybug is the State insect of New York? This handy beetle has gone missing for decades. The Monarch butterfly, known for their 2,000 mile migration in Fall, is at risk of extinction due to habitat loss. If the trend continues, it may go extinct in a few decades.
My name is Anusha. I am a fourth-grader from New York and I love insects. I spend much of my free time learning and teaching others about insects. My fascination with insects grew after learning about them in school. I was curious to know more.
Insects come in all shapes and sizes. Some have bright shells while others have soft bodies. Some have wings while others have spots. No matter how different, they are fascinating to me. Each insect plays an integral role in the environment.
I go to different places to discuss the sharp decline in insect population and benefits of urban landscapes to humans and insects alike. I have spoken at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah Bee Company, New York Hall of Science, American Museum of Natural History, Clearwater Festival, Yonkers Science Barge, Nature Girls, Girl Scouts, Town Hall and several schools. Recently, I gave a radio interview with station WBAI 99.5FM NYC as an environmental activist. I have been featured in a news article and was recognized by the Audubon Society. I organized a Little Critters club for kids in Grades K-5 and helped plan the Earth Day event in our town.
On this website, learn some awesome fun facts like modern cockroaches evolved around the Cretaceous period, yup . . . alongside T-Rex. Honey Bees make 10 million trips just to produce one pound of honey, and only female mosquitoes bite. Did you know Monarch caterpillars eat only a unique plant called as "milkweed"? No milkweed, no monarch butterfly.
My Living Greenways campaign aims to help build native habitats that supports wildlife. Join my quest to protect insects at all cost.
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