Earth's Unsung Heroes - The Real Eco-warriors
The mechanics of nature are so intricately interwoven that slight abnormalities
are enough to disrupt food chains and life cycles. And while man is still adamant on ursuing his dream of
skyscrapers and high capital ventures, the little creatures continue with their life's purpose, designed to restore
and maintain our planet and its life forms. Let us take a moment and salute these little silent heroes for without
them, Earth might just as well resemble Mars.
It is estimated that one-third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, and bees are responsible for much of the cross-pollination activities in the plant world. Bees that gather pollen instead of nector are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants.
Ladybird is the most sought-after force in biological pest control. Famous for her control of aphids, Ladybird will also consume large numbers of whitefly, mealybugs, scales, mites and many other soft-bodied insects.
- Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle feeds on faeces excreted from both herbivores and carnivores - he is literally nature's janitors. As you can imagine, he is immensely useful in a number of situations.
Ants may be annoying pests to have crawling around the houses, but outdoors, these tiny critters play a big role in creating a stable ecosystem. For starters, ant nests in the soil allow air to circulate in the ground, which is beneficial to the soil and plant roots.
They may be tiny and have no limbs, but we humans can take a page or two out of their book. Their life's purpose is to clean and enrich their living space - the soil.
Frog is due some respect - he plays a vital role in pest control, thereby preventing illnesses (like malaria, encephalitis and other diseases carried by inserts) that we are susceptible to. If you think that's no big deal, understand that his voracious appetite enables him to eat more than his weight.
Instead of spreading the word, Hornbill spreads seeds and helps to keep the circle of life in lush rainforests going. He also strikes up relationship with other spechies.
The Elephant's foraging activities may seem detructive, but this act of pulling down trees to eat the leaves help to create clearings for new young trees and other vegetation to grow. Not only that, he also helps regenerate the forest by spreading the seeds of many species through his faeces.
- Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone may book like he's doing nothing but hanging around the coral reef looking pretty, but he does have important tasks in his surrounding ecosystem.
Dolphin doesn't discriminate. It is his nature to help out any creature in need. He offers his help in treating depression in human beings at some therapeutic centres.
Source: Options / THE EDGE