A Bug’s Life
Imagine the short but happy life of a Ladybug. They say that if you see a Ladybug, you’ll have good luck all throughout the day. Of course, it is not easy to see one these days.You have to live on top of a Sineguelas or mango tree to commune with them more often.
Salagubang, salaguinto and the like are the nicest bugs I’ve ever known. I remember playing with them when I was a kid. It was cruel though. Why? Well, after catching a Salagubang, you’ve to tie it up right under the wings and then toss it in the air so that it will continually fly in a circular motion. Poor bug!
It’s terribly cruel for the little bug.
Anyway, Ladybugs seem few these days. With trees being cut down to give way to development, I wonder if they will make it through to the next ten years.
Oh well, as far as I know these seemingly harmless bugs are non-believer of population control. They reproduce fast…and exponentially, like a thousand eggs per a mother’s lifetime!
Today, people no longer care about their role in the ecosystem. In particular, Salagubangs have come down to civilization with a new purpose. People used to catch them for fun. Now, they seek them for some exotic recipes.
The cruel fate of these cute and seemingly harmless little bugs makes you wonder. Do they deserve some respect, too. Do they have rights like all other animals? Is there any juridical or philosophical construct that can justify their claims for fair treatment?
Maybe if we study their peculiar nature, we will be able to offer a better explanation of their existence and the need to protect them. For now, let’s just feel lucky whenever we see any of them.
This is great.
In this interview by Patricia Treble at Maclean’s, author Kyo Maclear talks of birds and bird-watching as an “ode to the beauty of smallness, of quiet, of seeing the unique in the ordinary… in an age in which bombastic noise often triumphs over quiet contemplation.”
Q: You have to keep very still when birding. We’re in a world now where everyone has to do stuff. This is the antithesis: you are the observer and the birds are working.
A: The one thing I’d thought of is that we spend most of our lives in survival time. There’s a sense of hanging off the ledge, trying to tread water, trying to keep ahead of the deadlines or the business of the city. Birds are the antithesis of that, for sure. I discovered that there were things that did not pay off in the birding world. Rushing, for example. Impatience. All…
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