Managed by Sabrina and Andrew

Many people don't care that much for insects right? Well let us tell you, without insects, we couldn't survive. Many people consider insects and arachnids 'pests' and use pesticide and other methods to kill them off. Many insects might be a pain in the butt, but some insects help get rid of weeds that might choke crops and other plants. Arachnids also help humans because they balance the amount of insects in the environment. Some of these mulit-legged creatures are on balancing on a pin to keep from dying out. We are asking you to help us save them!

Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, Desmocerus Californicus Dimorphus
These beetles live in California and are a threatened species. These beetles are in danger of extinction due to pesticides and birds overeating these insects. If these insects disappear however, some species of animals that depend on Elderberry Beetles for their main source of food will also begin to die out. A limited use of pesticides could help this problem.

Hermit Flower Beetle, Osmoderma eremicola
external image osmoderma_eremita_8835.jpg This beetle is a hermit flower beetle(Osmoderma Eremicola). It is part of the family scarabidae and is a cetonine beetle. These are beautiful beetles that have shiny black coats and are very shy. They tend to inhabit large oak trees that have large knotholes, at night they fly out of their shelters and search for food. There primary food source is tree sap and fruit. An interesting characteristic about this beetle is is smell, it distinct smeel is like that of russian leather and can somtimes even be smelled out of their trees. There larvae are wood decomposers and eat rotten oak logs and help enrichen the soil with their dung and their mulched wood bits. It is on the endangered list because of habitat loss and they have decreased quite alot in their numbers. You can help this beetle by supporting woodland conservation teams and by not destroying decayed logs.

Mopani Worm,
external image 155-detail.jpgThis is the Mopani Worm. It is eaten as a delicacy in Africa and is one of their main economical resources.