Ethical foundation for insect conservation

We may notice . . . that the tree-hopper, called by the Greeks Tettix, by the latins Cicada, received also from the former the title of Earth-born, - a title lofty in its lowliness, because it was an implied acknowledgment from men of Athens and of Arcady of a common origin with themselves - an admission that the insect was their brother, sprung (as they fabled) from the earth, their common parent, -- whence, also, they wore golden tree-hoppers in their hair. Conservation action must have a...

Insects and the conservation of ecosystem processes

But in an African forest not a fallen branch is seen. One is struck at first at a certain clean look about the great forests of the interior, a novel and unaccountable cleanness, as if the forest-bed was carefully swept and dusted daily by unseen elves. And so, indeed, it is. Scavengers of a hundred kinds remove decaying animal matter - from the carcase of a fallen elephant to the broken wing of a gnat - eating it, or carrying it out of sight, and burying it on the deodorising earth....