Nature and Us: Bugs and Beetles

Apiphobia, mottephobia, spheksophobia. What do these three have in common? They are the names of the three main insect fears, fear of bees, moths and wasps. Why are so many people scared of insects, how important are insects to the eco system and how can we help them?

Why are people afraid of them?

Now it may be as simple as, they have had a bad experience with them. I think everyone has had a bug jump out at them when they least expect it, and yet not everyone will scream when they see another one at a different time. Maybe it’s learnt behaviour. Who knows?

Well according to The Cut, “Psychologists studying disgust, talk about something called the “rejection response” — the overwhelming feeling that you need to get this thing away from you, like, right now. The rejection response, like fear, is a mechanism designed to keep us safe. The presence of insects often indicates that something isn’t safe to consume or touch” and so overtime we have “come to associate the messenger with the threat itself .”

It is a very interesting article and if you’re not too weirded out, I would recommend giving it a good read! Here it is: Insects Are Scary Because Your Brain Confuses Disgust With Fear.

Important to the ecosystem?

The National Geographic has an interesting article and it lists ways they impact and play a part in the environment – They are providers, decomposers, pest controllers and pollinators.

  • Without them, “species that are higher up the food chain suffer population losses.”
  • We know that insects break down waste products, unlocking certain nutrients for other insects, so without them and those unlocked nutrients: “Waste and carrion would persist in ecosystems, impeding the flow of nutrients.”
  • “By feeding on crop-threatening pests, predatory insects perform the role of pesticides without chemicals”. Without them, “Pests proliferate, damaging crops and forests, spurring increased pesticide use.”
  • Did you know that “one out of every three bites of food humans eat relies on animal pollination in the production process.” Without bees and other pollinating insects, “humans and animals lose key food sources.”.

From the article: 5 Vital Roles Insects Play In Our Ecosystem

So how can we help them??

Fun ways for all the family or even just yourself to help can be found listed below. One massive one is STOP using chemicals that kill them!!! No matter how “careful” you may be, they will kill a wide range of insects, not including your intended target.

  • Dig a pond.
  • Plant Native Plants.
  • Make a nectar bar!
  • Compost your waste

Making a nectar bar means including plants in your garden that are rich in nectar. For example Buddleia is well known for attracting nectar feeding insects such as butterflies and hoverflies throughout the summer.

I would love to hear how you are helping our insects. Do you have a bug house in your garden? Do you have flowers? Let me know in the comments and do not be afraid to get involved. To learn how, head to the page : Nature and Us.

Nature and Us: Jathilda

I had a submission last month sent in by Jathilda. It is a beautiful read and I was delighted to receive it. I hope you enjoy it as much I did.


Hardly any topic is as much discussed as environmental matters. Yet there aren´t enough efforts to disburden our beautiful earth. Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever to take action. Whether that might mean buying groceries at your local market, reducing emissions by riding the bike, supporting sustainable businesses or raising awareness for this theme.

The blogger Talitha Tulloch from Talitha’s Travels created a series called #natureandus which revolves around our planet, the breathtaking wonders it´s offering us and how we can give
some eco-friendly love back.


Sometimes we seem to forget what an actual honor it is to live on this planet. How lucky we are to catch a glimpse of nature´s miracles.

I can still remember the moment, when I first experienced my love for nature.


It was 2004, when toddler-me visited my second home, the Philippines, for the first time. My father´s German and my Mother´s Filipina, and although I was born and raised in Germany, I always felt a deeper connection to my Filipino roots. After we had visited our relatives in Manila, we traveled to Boracay, the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been to.

When we got off the plane, our hotel room wasn´t ready yet. We used this spare time to take a break from the flight in an adorable café, which was only a couple of steps away from the beach.

After my mother ordered some beverages, I became very impatient and fidgety. All I could think about was
jumping off my chair and running into the turquoise, sparkling waves. Which is exactly what I did after another five minutes of annoying my mother with my chair acrobatics. Since my bikini was still
locked in a suitcase, all that a café guest could see, was a cheering toddler in Hello Kitty panties, stumbling towards the beach on the most excited pair of legs

The water touched my feet, and in that moment I felt pure, genuine joy. Until today I feel the most happy on the beach.

Beaches fill my heart with bliss and every sense of stress, irritation or
helplessness disappears. Nothing compares to this wonderful bond with nature.


That´s why pictures of coral bleaching, littered beaches and plastic-contaminated oceans are not only making me sad, but furious. The good thing is, that we have still time to turn this ship around.

We can still take actions to make this earth liveable for future generations, to make sure that the waves
of enlightenment hit our children or grandchildren, too.


-Jathilda


Thank you so much Jathilda for your submission! Here are their social media links to find more about them: