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It’s Not so Easy to be a Good Mother

But to earwigs, centipedes and leeches it comes natural to be a good mother

Nobody would deny that it is a heart-warming experience to see how mothers devote themselves to their children. But it is even more touching to witness how some of the so-called “lowly creatures” look after their young like, for example, spiders (and my blog on the Jamaica red-back spider, also known as the Black Widow, has already been written, but not yet made public), but also earwigs, centipedes and leeches; how they protect, defend, feed and clean the little ones. —>

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The Insect Crown Witness

Crucial testimony without words

Many years ago I spent several highly enjoyable and educational months on the Trobriand Islands (nowadays also referred to as Kiriwina Islands) off the coast of the south-eastern end of Papua New Guinea. The islands became famous, because of Bronislaw Malinowski’s 1929 ethnographic book “The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia”. Local residents over there display a considerable knowledge concerning insects and their lives and on several, occasions I was warned not to drink from this or that stream because a particular insect had been sighted on or near the water, indicating a poor status of the water’s drinkability. I was also warned not to proceed any further into the jungle, when a particular species of fly was spotted that occurred when an animal corpse was somewhere nearby. —>