Bug storms around the world
Bug storms form some of the scariest scenarios in the world. Here are some well-known bug swarms, from army ants biting their way across a Mexican landscape to a sudden burst of gnats spoiling a Major League Baseball playoff game.
Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
DDT, one of the most effective insecticides ever invented, did more harm to the environment than anything. It went through the food chain like wildfire, killing fish, almost wiped out the pelicans because it softened their eggs, killed all the good insects too..bees, butterflies, lady bugs, the list is endless.
Man is his own worst enemy. We kill without discrimination thus interrupting the food chain. We "import" other insects to kill what we have, forgetting these new imports have no natural enemies here. I cherish every lady bug, dirt dobber (they kill spiders), praying mantis, wasp ... let nature take care of its own.
Genetic engineering scares the heck out of me for this very reason. Scientists seem to forget these new 'improved' bugs they are creating have no natural enemies. What happens when they multiply beyond reason and run out of the 'food' they were created to destroy?