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Insects and other arthropods represent the largest group of species of animals on Earth. We come across them nearly every day in our homes, our backyards or out in the wild and most of us will not even notice them. In spite of that most of us rarely know whatkind of insect we see, its behaviour and the importance of its ecological role in nature.

How often do we take the time to watch the little critters and to
value their role in keeping the planet habitable by occupying a niche with incredible efficiency? Insects contribute to the equilibrium of our ecosystems. They tirelessly pollinate crops and flowers, decompose waste materials and plant and animal tissue. Insects are essential in food chains. On one hand they are food source for many others and on the other they regulate the populations of numerous plants and animals.

To protect insects and their habitats means to protect our lives, too.

We see that there is need in educating people about the impact of their life style on the diversity and population of insects in the world and right outside their door. That's why we go into schools and show different insect specimen and talk about their life and importance. It is our goal to built a museum that promotes education about insect diversity, their lives, habitats, endangerment, conservation, evolution and research. We want to engage in the preservation of insects and their habitats.

The Antennae Foundation supports local farmers and breeders worldwide to prevent deforestation of rainforests and the development of monocultures. Families in different countries are given the opportunity to collect, farm and breed insect specimens and earn money by selling them, instead of destroying valuable rainforest to develop farm land.

But it is not only the rainforest. We have to start right in front of our own doors! Do we really need perfect golf greens in our front yards, so we fight each thistle and dandelion with herbicides? Is it really unbearable to have a barbecue and a wasp comes by to check on our food? Can you really not sleep because there is a little spider in the other room?

Protecting biodiversity is very important because it keeps natures equilibrium. Which child does not like to go on a backyard safari? To learn about the little things in nature and how special and important each individuum is, no matter how small it is, teaches big lessons.

 
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