Monday, May 31, 2010

The Photo Meditation of the Month (May, 2010): BUGS AND INSECTS


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A caterpillar or hairy larva of a butterfly or moth on a rose branch
Photo (Toronto: May 16, 2010) © Jerome D'Costa
A lady bug or lady beetle on a flower plant
Photo (Toronto: May 31, 2010) © Jerome D'Costa

Bugs and Insects

Bugs and insects -- they are our neighbours. God created them along with humankind, animals and the fauna.

We deem these bugs and insects as unnecessary evil. We treat them as our enemies. They eat our plants and crops and so on.

But, if we take the whole picture into account, we find that these little critters do us a service in many different ways. By moving from one plant to the other, they help pollinate flowers when they are in their forays for food. There are others, who burrow holes in the ground and help in the aeration of the soil with oxygen. Colourful lady bugs help us by killing aphids, another type of insects, if were not controlled, would destroy many plants by sucking sap from them.

Bugs and insects have a beauty and elegance of their own. We should form an attitude of tolerance and cooperation with them. This way the environment would be improved. This way we would learn to coexist peacefully with them.

Caterpillars undergo a metamorphosis -- from one type of insect to a better one. When it comes out of the cocoon, it's a beautiful butterfly or moth.

What can we learn from a creepy crawly caterpillar? We learn to be better or best from good, to be a better person from a bad or mediocre one. We also learn to be helpful to others.


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