Why Should You Care About Insects?
We need insects more than they need us.
Unlike a cat or dog,
few of us take the time to play with our insect neighbors. Have you ever tried to feed ants with your fingers? They will reach up to grab a crumb from you and haul it over various obstacle courses that you have set up. They are so very excited to take the treasure home and will find a way around almost anything you put in their path. Most insects are friendly and not considered harmful. They can be fascinating to watch for hours in the garden while they go about their daily activities.
Insects are mysterious, intriguing, and bold. Most of us dismiss these tiny little creatures as annoying pests, something to be squished, eradicated, or even wiped off the face of the earth. They are really our friends...
"If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish" - Jonas Salk
The insect population is massive and impacts almost every aspect of human life. We need insects for our food production. We need them to keep other pest populations in check, and even as clean-up crews turning compost into soil. Insects are like billions of tiny soldiers marching to nature's beat, keeping life in check on so many different levels. They do jobs we canít do or we donít want to do.
Insects can inspire us in new ways of thinking, from architecture, to engineering and even in the way we interact with nature around us.
At Blackhole Collections, we believe that knowledge is power and we are on a mission. Our mission is simple, we want to start a revolution for the appreciation of nature and her tiniest residents. Our goal is to create a positive ripple effect in society by allowing people to reconnect with nature and learn to harness her powers as opposed to fight with her. We believe insects are a way of achieving this goal. We believe insects can hold the key to doing it right. Todayís greatest thinkers are already starting to look at insects as inspiration for architecture, medicine, engineering, and agriculture. We can even find psychological reasons to like insects for stress reduction, and family time.
How can insects inspire us in new ways of thinking? Well termites have. Architect Mick Pearce designed an office and shopping complex that does not use conventional air-conditioning or heating and yet remains regulated all year round. His inspiration was found in how African termites build their self-cooling mounds in which they live. Mick Pearceís unique architectural design has saved $3.5 million in electricity associated with air-conditioning. Looking to termites for inspiration has been both eco-efficient and eco-friendly for society.
This ball joint on the light is the same as the ant's antennae. Engineering and design discipline could benefit the most from studying insects
The engineering discipline could benefit the most from studying insects, from designing robots, aerodynamics and even nanotechnology. Companies could cut their research and development to get products to market faster if engineers had easy access to insect information with a click of the mouse. An example of insect technology in present day use is hydraulics.
Hydraulics uses fluid power to move, control and to transmit power by pressurizing liquid. Although the study of fluid hydrodynamics has been around since the early 1600ís, spiders have been using it to move their bodies and to pick up their prey. Spider's control the pressure of their hydraulic system with their hearts and their hard exoskeleton act as the container that confines the fluids.
So imagine how quickly the science of hydraulics could have been developed if all the engineers in the 1600ís had easy access to this kind of information. The mimicking of a spider's cardiovascular system could have shaved off centuries in the trial and error needed to create hydraulics and pneumonic systems we use today.
Since insects are so small and difficult to see they are hard to study. Most engineers do not have the resources or time to observe insects. Similarly, scientists who study insects are not engineers. For engineers to access insect physiology represents and untapped resource their corporate employers should take advantage. Its applications can be widely used for designing robotics, aerodynamics, and even nano-sized machines of the future
The psychology of it
The psychology around learning about insects is very interesting. It represents a new way of thinking and seeing the world. Scientists who study insects get to look at these tiny creatures through a microscope and this trains the brain to see patterns and details. The amazing thing about Blackhole Collections viewer technology is that it mimics this microscope viewing experience on a website. The technology actually changes your brain by rewiring it to see fantastically more detail all around you. Each time you visited the website and rotated insects, you will literally be changing your brain and enhancing your visual acuity.
Most people would think their visual acuity is fine. In most cases they are right, however, it is the change in one's perception that is most interesting. When a fly lands next to you, your eyes have learned to recognize the details of this tiny insect, and in some cases, even slow it down like a camera shoots in slow motion. It is truly remarkable. It is this visual acuity that increases your knowledge and interest which changes your perception to nature. One is now excited to get outside and welcome a relaxing bliss of quiet observation of ants marching or bees buzzing around their natural habitat.
Art therapists say coloring books are a great way for adults to relief stress but so too is a stroll through the park looking for insects. You start to see little movements here and there. Then you notice these little movements morph into tiny little flying animals or miniature creatures walking along. You begin to see flies acting like cats, constantly grooming and cleaning themselves with their heads turned sideways quietly watching you. You see bees busily tasting flowers, nose down, sniffing like a dog trying to catch an unknown scent.
Life has always been there, we just needed to learn how to see it and enjoy it. It presents families with new ways to reconnect and gets everyone outside pursuing a new pastime, bug hunting. We can hunt bugs without hurting them or touching them. Kids can snap a picture or carefully capture them in a ziploc bag and then release. The bag lets the littlest of hands see each insect close up from the top or bottom. The really excited bug hunters can compare what insects they have found with Blackhole Collections insect library. Looking at insects for inspiration helps train our mind to see the world differently while giving us new tools to escape from lifeís everyday stressors.
We believe at Blackhole Collections changing the way in which the world looks at bugs is a baby step that will lead to a revolution and deep seeded connection of man and nature. We are currently in the infancy of this new nature movement. We understand change means taking on a whole new perspective by keeping ones ears and eyes open. We want to encourage humanity to reconnect with nature. We can learn that by taking care of the world and her friends we take better care of ourselves.
To be a trail blazer is hard work. It is also an opportunity to change yourself first and society second. Let us be the first role models for our peers and future generations. Let us take the high road and do what is right and not what is easy.
What we stand for
We find our greatest joy in life is being productive, making something special and giving back to the world. Our hope is that you will appreciate the gift and hard work that has gone into making it all happen.
We do one thing, and we do it extremely well. We turn real-life insects into high definition 3d scans for students and bug enthusiasts to access around the world.
At Blackhole Collections we believe technology can be used in new ways to help change behavior. Change behavior how? By getting kids and their parents interested in insects. Kids love insects! Parents generally do not. But here at Blackhole Collections we believe we provide a non-threatening way to explore insects that appeals both to parents and their kids. It works because it get families outside enjoying nature while checking out insects. I have yet to meet an ecologist or entomologist (insect scientist) who canít wait to get outside and explore natureís little treasures. These scientists are passionate about nature because of their chosen career paths.
Organized bug hunts are fun for the whole family or the classroom. You can capture insects in a net, take pictures and then release them back into the wild. Also, you can quietly watch and observe insects in their natural habitat as they go about their daily tasks. Kids and parents can then access insects on-line with an ipad or computer to see if they found the same insects. There is also a bug hunter workbook available through this website. It gives kids the chance to play the role of an insect scientist or just have fun coloring and looking at the beautiful pictures. Change perceptions, change lifestyles, changes the outcome. Change the world.
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So we are asking you to come join us. Help us change the world as we create a revolution that gets humanity running towards a common goal. That common goal, is to create a positive ripple effect in society by allowing people to reconnect with nature. We believe insects are a way of achieving this goal.
I am so excited to see this technology taking students out of the classroom and into the playground for learning and discovery. We are trying to make insects accessible to all, not just those few with access to microscopes and lab resources. Help make a difference by ordering Bug Hunter workbooks for your class, or getting a membership so you can continue using this resource and we can continue scanning the world of insects for big kids and small kids alike.
You can also help by forwarding this information onto others who have the resources to evoke change. Together we can make a difference. Thank-you from all of us here at Blackhole Collections.
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