Insects are Made Into Products?
Several insects are raised to produce a variety
of products. One such insect is a scale insect
called the Laccifer lacca, or Coccus lacca, and
is cultivated in parts of southeast Asia and the
Philippines where they use a sticky secretion
produced by the scaled insects to manufacture
shellac. Many products such as such as phonograph
records, sealing wax, and even fireworks are produced
from shellac. It takes more than 150,000 insects
combined to produce one pound of shellac!
Why are Insects so Important to Agriculture?
are directly beneficial to humans by producing
honey, silk, wax, and other products. Indirectly,
they are important as pollinators of crops, natural
enemies of pests, scavengers, and food for other
creatures. There are at least 50 important crops
that are grown in the United States that depend
on insects to pollinate them. Bee keeping also
helps industry by producing honey with European
honey bees (genus Apis mellifera). Honey bees
produce such an abundance of honey, far more than
the hive can eat, that humans can harvest the
excess. Bees have been producing honey, as they
do today, for at least 150 million years. Americans
eat an average of 275 million pounds of honey
each year. Beehive products also include wax that
get made into candles, polish, and floor wax.
The bad temper of the Africanized bee (Killer
Bees), coupled with its ability to dominate a
honey bee region and reduce honey bee production,
puts beekeepers on edge.
Insects Ever Used in Medicine?
Disgusting as it sounds, maggots that come from
Blowflies are used occasionally in the field of
medicine, as are leeches. Maggots can be used
to eat dead tissue, thus helping to clean open
wounds. About 5,000 laboratory grown microorganism-free
maggots get delivered to hospitals across the
United States every week.