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I was amazed again about their niches and their adaptations to survival.

Harry Nankin’s artistic tribute to the bogong moth, was both moving and beautiful.

The Symposium made me want to learn more, and do more for the insect world.

As soon as I arrived home I went on-line to research the flameau butterfly, which drinks the tears of the caiman (crocodile) (this butterfly was mentioned during our closing ceremony).

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago….. Wilson)The Insect symposium invited us into the world of Bugs with their subjectivity and innate sense of being.

If humans were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. We were taken into the world of Spiders, Cicadas, Bogong Moths, Stick Insects and Bees.

We heard of each with its own unique story of survival and connectedness with Earth.

Patrick, Harry and Blanche did this through their scholarship, fieldwork and creativity, but especially through their respect for the creatures as subjects.

The Earth Song Symposium’s topic Insects resonated with me.

What we cannot see, or what does not enter our visual or aural fields very often, does not lessen their value or their right to be cared for and treasured.

The Symposium was a timely reminder that it is not just the ‘popular’ or the ‘beautiful’ that are worthy of being saved from extinction.

Patrick Honan’s passion for this topic was inspiring; it was a gift to hear him tell how he and the team brought back the Lord Howe Island stick insect from the brink of extinction; this should have struck a rally cry in all our hearts.