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 seventh-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 second grade. 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. In Sep 2021, I helped develop and organize a daylong festival called the Insectageddon at the High Line in Manhattan. I have spoken at the United Nations summit, Westchester Board of Legislators, American Museum of Natural History, India's most prestigious agricultural institute IARI, Entomological Society of America, Bedford2030 Greenlight awards, Youth Climate Action Summit, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah Bee Company, New York Hall of Science, 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 news articles and was recognized by the Audubon Society. I have organized a Little Critters club for kids in Grades K-5 and helped plan the Earth Day event in our town. My efforts have helped me earn the "People of Nature Award" in the category of 'Young Achiever – Nature Conservation' and "Green Medallion Award".
On this website, learn some awesome fun facts like modern cockroaches evolved around the Cretaceous period, yup . . . alongside T-Rex. Queen termite can lay 6,000 - 7,000 eggs per day for 15 long years, Honey Bees make 10 million trips just to produce one pound of honey, Corn aphid produce 16 nymphs per female that reach adulthood within 16 days and only female mosquitoes bite. Did you know Monarch caterpillars eat only a unique plant called as "milkweed"? No milkweed, no monarch butterfly.
Join my quest for insects conservation.
My TV Interview on News 12
My Call for Action at Westchester Board of Legislators
My Radio Interview on station WBAI 99.5FM NYC
Mention in LoHud for my Insect exhibit
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