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Old 07-27-2023, 02:52 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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How about house pests like clothes moths, carpet beetles, bedbugs, weavils? Are they really necessary in ecosystem.
Think about it. All those inconvenient insect pests originated in and still exist in the wild where they would feed on wild grains and other plant material. They simply learned to take advantage of human-created habitats and organic products humans use such as natural cloth fibers and staple pantry items; dry goods such as grains, flour, etc. As for bedbugs, the present theory is they first "met" humans when bedbugs, bats, and humans shared caves in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Nature is endlessly fascinating. I learn something new and interesting every day! All these bugs provide prey for insectivorous animals. So, yes, they probably are "necessary".

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Old 07-27-2023, 05:27 PM
 
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One of the most disgusting sights in nature that I've experienced was a pigeon's nest on some rafters near Central Park some years ago. I was literally grossed out by the sight
OK I had to google that! "pigeon nest NYC rafters". I didn't see anything gross
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Old 07-27-2023, 05:30 PM
 
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My vote is chiggers. I see absolutely nothing redeemable about chiggers. I'm quite positive other species would do just fine without them. Especially homo sapiens! Now some entomologist will come on here and explain why the ecosystem needs chiggers.
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Old 07-27-2023, 06:03 PM
 
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Think about it. All those inconvenient insect pests originated in and still exist in the wild where they would feed on wild grains and other plant material. They simply learned to take advantage of human-created habitats and organic products humans use such as natural cloth fibers and staple pantry items; dry goods such as grains, flour, etc. As for bedbugs, the present theory is they first "met" humans when bedbugs, bats, and humans shared caves in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Nature is endlessly fascinating. I learn something new and interesting every day! All these bugs provide prey for insectivorous animals. So, yes, they probably are "necessary".
Shucks! The carpet beetles are my constant nemeses. I wanted to think they are useless.
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Old 07-27-2023, 06:41 PM
 
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Think about it. All those inconvenient insect pests originated in and still exist in the wild where they would feed on wild grains and other plant material. They simply learned to take advantage of human-created habitats and organic products humans use such as natural cloth fibers and staple pantry items; dry goods such as grains, flour, etc. As for bedbugs, the present theory is they first "met" humans when bedbugs, bats, and humans shared caves in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Nature is endlessly fascinating. I learn something new and interesting every day! All these bugs provide prey for insectivorous animals. So, yes, they probably are "necessary".
I wish the insectivores would invade my yard!
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Old 07-27-2023, 07:13 PM
 
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Starlings.
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Old 07-27-2023, 07:45 PM
 
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Humans!!!
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Old 07-28-2023, 07:05 AM
 
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Starlings.
Said the house sparrow.
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Old 07-28-2023, 07:26 AM
 
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Said the house sparrow.
House sparrows rule.



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Old 08-03-2023, 11:13 PM
 
Location: 53179
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Humans!!!
Really. You want to kill off mankind....
I mean, I agree we suck but I'm not ready to go extinct.
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