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.

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I was fascinated by the projects Patrick has been involved in and which he shared.

Who would have thought of sending spiders into Space! I appreciated the beauty and softness of the art works and appreciated his mentioning about his ethical questions about involving the Bogan Moths and disturbing them to accomplish his project.

All in all I found the time provided me with a reflective space to ponder, relate, appreciate and celebrate the life of Insects with others committed to caring for our world.

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.

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.