Don't Bug Me Essay

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Don't Bug MeThe other day a bug, a spider to be precise, was murdered in my presence. Crawling majestically upon eight tiny, marvelous legs, the arachnid made its way to the corner of the room and...splat. Gone, in an instant. The comment was made: "I wish someone thirty times your size would come at you with a fly swatter" by my pro-bug friend. I myself have never liked insects, and many a spider lost its life to my accuracy with a newspaper. Yet I can't help but begin to feel remorse: who are these bugs? Where were they going? And why does the animal with no natural predator fear them?Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it is hard to admit that there is beauty in the vermillion tones of a beetle's skull. A chirping cricket is a tiny song bird in Japan, kept in a pretty gilt cage to soothe away tension as it rubs its legs together. The word "bug" alone has a negative connotation to it. You don't pick on someone, you bug them. When your computer crashes, it usually has a bug. Malaria? Well, that's spread by a bug. It is easy to understand how bugs have become so hated-they are the scapegoat of the animal kingdom. Nobody enjoys being bitten by one, and they are a marvelous medium to spread an epidemic through. Many bugs harm crops, leaving a corrosive trail through the foliage and eating the greens. They harass your house, your dog, and you. The slimy trail that so many bugs leave as their calling card is a little hard to defend as well. Surely though, to bug is not to be all bad.Without bugs, our ecosystem would falter. The...

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