Tiny and Mighty Creatures
Insects comprise the largest group of living beings on Earth. They play many different roles in the ecosystem, all of them important both for humans and the environment.
Here we have a small sample of insects from around the world, which are part of the Invertebrate Zoology Collection of the Natural Science Research Laboratory of the Museum of Texas Tech University.
These are some of the key roles that insects play:
Those who transfer pollen across plants to help them produce fruits and seeds.
To learn more about pollinators and pollination, go to the website that graduate student Alyssa DeWaele put together about this.
They feed on other insects or other invertebrates. Free pest control.
The recycling team. They help breaking down organic matter, returning nutrients to the soil.
A large proportion of insects feed on plants, on different parts of them.
Many animals depend on insects as a food resource with high content of protein and fat.
Why do the insects in the display have pins going through them?
What are the pieces of paper under some of the insects?
For other questions, please email the Acting Collections Manager of the Invertebrate Zoology Collection: Jennifer.Giron@TTU. edu