When we think of insects, we more often than not, think of them as pests. Perhaps true, but only to a limited extent. This opinion is largely because we have been exposed to very few insects… most that cause people a spot of bother. These could be the omnipresent cockroach, the mosquito that chooses to sing in your ears or the ant that may give you a sharp nip! However, if we just park those stereotyped opinions we will realize that insects are very diverse and they operate at various levels.
Very few of us possibly even realize that insects account for well over half of all organisms on planet Earth. This means that there are more than a million species of known insects. Now, that is a huge number. They also can be seen pretty much in every possible habitat – from the hottest to the wettest to the coldest places on Earth. This includes those that inhabit the cold climes of Antarctica. That said, obviously, not all of them perform the same role in their respective environments.
Here, in this photo story, we will explore the role of insects as predators.
Insects, as it can be seen, perform the role of both the prey and predator. However, it is important for us to realize that they also perform many other roles and that all the roles are necessary to maintain the balance in Nature.