Why common garden bugs are not pests

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Although you and I know that invertebrates are a pretty flippin’ important part of this planet, and rather interesting to boot, much of the general public don’t share our feelings. That’s why it’s always great to see the case for insects being pushed outside the world of science and entomology.

In light of that, I wanted to share these rather lovely illustrations with you. They landed in my inbox courtesy of self-confessed entomology novice, Amy, who researched and designed them to help demonstrate why common garden bugs are not pests (as they are often perceived) but are of course, serving a seriously vital role.

Too often, invertebrates are treated with disdain. We can’t relate to a ‘bug’ in the way we relate to a mammal, and this leads many people to completely ignore why they are here and what they do for us.

Each of the illustrations below is accompanied by three facts about the role that species of invertebrate serves in improving our planet. Take a look; if there’s anything you want to expand on then let us know in the comments, and if you want to help spread the message further, feel free to pass the images on.

By Amy Fowler (http://www.stormclad.co.uk/blog/the-importance-of-insects-an-illustrated-guide-to-beneficial-bugs-in-your-garden/)By Amy Fowler (http://www.stormclad.co.uk/blog/the-importance-of-insects-an-illustrated-guide-to-beneficial-bugs-in-your-garden/)

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