Insects make up 40% of all animal species on earth. They are beautiful and intriguing, and are essential for life.
Without insects there would fewer crops, no honey, and our insect-eating native animals would die out. Insects sit towards the bottom of the food chain, so if there’s fewer insects, there will be fewer insect-eating native animals like frogs, birds, reptiles and mammals.
How insects keep our gardens healthy
Insects are essential in keeping our world healthy. Not all insects are pests – many are pollinators and nature’s pest controllers:
- bees, flies, moths, butterflies, and beetles pollinate our plants and crops
- ants, cockroaches, flies and earwigs break down decaying matter, returning nutrients into the soil
- wasps, praying mantids, ladybirds, lacewings, dragonflies, hoverflies and damselflies eat other garden pests.