reply to post by Xoanon
Congrats Xoanon as others have mentioned on a very thoughtful and informative thread all about [ Ants ]
First I would like to add a few more "insect factoids" to your thread. Then I would like to add some of my thoughts and opinions on this whole
insect and other scavenger species on earth that Way Out Number and " Out Weigh " all of the People on earth.
( It has long been recognized and documented that insects are the most diverse group of organisms, meaning that the numbers of species of insects are
more than any other group. In the world, some 900 thousand different kinds of living insects are known. This representation approximates 80 percent of
the world's species. The true figure of living species of insects can only be estimated from present and past studies. Most authorities agree that
there are more insect species that have not been described (named by science) than there are insect species that have been previously named.
Conservative estimates suggest that this figure is 2 million, but estimates extend to 30 million. In the last decade, much attention has been given to
the entomofauna that exists in the canopies of tropical forests of the world. From studies conducted by Terry Erwin of the Smithsonian Institution's
Department of Entomology in Latin American forest canopies, the number of living species of insects has been estimated to be 30 million. Insects also
probably have the largest biomass of the terrestrial animals. At any time, it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion
(10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive.
Recent figures indicate that there are more than 200 million insects for each human on the planet! A recent article in The New York Times claimed that
the world holds 300 pounds of insects for every pound of humans. )
Think about the scavenger fish in the ocean, especially the shark. Sharks teeth grow back when the shark looses any of them during their feeding
frenzies. Sharks never have to worry about going to a dentist. Now think about the pain and suffering that go along with the teeth in humans. The
Great " God " Creator of Everything could just have easily made man's teeth to grow back like the sharks teeth. But, it is easy to see that that
was not " Gods " plan. In fact it easy to see by just this fact alone, that " God " has planned for some pain and suffering to come into mankinds
life with just the way the teeth are set up inside of mankinds mouth alone.
I realize that not all who read my mention of " God " Creating all and everything, some actually do not believe in a " God " of creation. That is
fine with me, each person has their right to believe in any religion or evolutionary view point on the whole creation as they see fit. I have not
mentioned my belief and perspective here to try and cause a debate on religion, this is just " my " perspective and belief.
The bible does mention the " ants " in the following verses:
Pro 6:6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Pro 6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Pro 6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
These Proverbs written by King Soloman where of course being used by him as an example to be diligent and to work etc.
I personally do not like " Any " of the insect populations on earth. I see them all as just the scavengers that they are, and nothing else to me is
important about them. They help clean up the whole earth in " their " way.
These scavenger species on this earth are only needed because of the " way " the earth is functioning and is operating now at this present point in
time that we all live. In a " Golden Age " Past or Future - scavenger species and death dealing viruses are " Not Needed " and are absent from
that " Golden Age "
This of course is - MHO my humble opinion, and take on the whole matter of this subject.
Unfortunately for all of us living on earth at this point in time, we are presently stuck with the ants, scavengers of all types, and the killer
viruses... But this " Age " will run it's course in due time too... :-)