I rarely interact with Entomologists but I remember way back when I was in the University I applied for a programmer position advertised by an Entomologist and of course I was rejected. But When I went to the Entomology department I saw a Poster describing what Entomologists really do. Most of us have a very narrow view of what Entomologists do and really don’t understand the importance of what they do. So I wear an Entomologist hat and first give a brief overview of what the field of Entomology is all about. Entomology is the study of insects, including their relationships with other animals, their environments, and human beings. Entomological research can also give us broader insights into ecology, evolution, and social behavior. Entomologists study insects, such as ants, bees, and beetles of course they also study Butterflies Gadflies and Dragonflies.
Interestingly the study of Bees is a branch in itself in the field of Entomology. It’s because of the efforts of the Entomologists we understand the fascinating aspects of the social hierarchy and the society of Bees. Bees may be solitary or may live in various types of communities. The most advanced of these are eusocial colonies found among the honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees; these are characterized by having cooperative brood care and a division of labor into reproductive and non-reproductive adults. Sociality, of several different types, is believed to have evolved separately many times within the bees. In some species, groups of cohabiting females may be sisters, and if there is a division of labor within the group, they are considered semi social. The group is called eusocial if, in addition, the group consists of a mother (the queen) and her daughters (workers), with male drones at certain stages. When the castes are purely behavioral alternatives, the system is considered primitively eusocial as in many paper wasps; when the castes are morphologically discrete, the system is considered highly eusocial.
It’s so fascinating to learn how organized a Bee Society is and how Social they are in terms of their interaction with each other within their colonies. Interestingly most of the insects live in such societies where social interaction is the key. In the age of social media we humans who are interconnected through the internet and the social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter can learn a lesson or two from the innate qualities of Butterflies Gadflies and Dragonflies. I assume everyone knows about Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end). The butterfly’s body is covered by tiny sensory hairs. The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move.
Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet. Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying.
I am sure everyone has heard about Butterflies and Dragonflies but what about a Gadfly? Gadfly can refer to any of various flies (as a horsefly, botfly, or warble fly) that bite or annoy livestock.
Well that was quite a lot of information about Bees, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Gadflies. But why the heck do I care about these flies and insects. As I said earlier we can learn a lesson or two from the innate qualities and the social behavior of these insects and it has implications on how we interact behave and present our self in the various social media outlets.
Social bees are several bees, as the honeybees or bumblebees that live together in communities. This is applicable for all the people interacting constantly on social media sites. A social butterfly is a term for a person who is socially dynamic, networking, charismatic, and personally gregarious. A social butterfly would be one who interacts with many groups with ease. I would leave the Dragonfly for the last but now talk about the Social Gadfly. A Social Gadfly has an equally important role to play in the social media. A social gadfly is a person who interferes the status quo of a group by posing novel, potently upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities.
Now Not the least but the last about the Social Dragonflies as I mentioned earlier they have the ability to fly like a helicopter so potent are they that a theory Dragonfly Effect has been coined to explain a person who acts as a Social Dragonfly and has the power to change the social media.
Well Well Well Here we End. We are all social bees to an extent but the choice is yours whether you want to be a Active or a Passive social butterfly, social gadfly or a social Dragon fly.