We sat down with talented New Zealand singer-songwriter Julia Deans to discuss her love for all small peculiar creatures.
What is your favourite thing about bugs?
I think it’s just that they’re so different to us, and they are just such amazing little creatures, and so varied as well. When you start looking at the detail of them, their physical being, and when you get up close and see the markings on them, they’re incredibly beautiful. I think it’s sad that we grow up being scared of them because they are actually these really beautiful beings, and they have such detail in their carapace.
I think to a certain degree you learn your fear of them from adults. When you’re a kid they’re like ‘Uh don’t bring that thing in here, that’s terrifying take that away’. They have such an incredibly important role in our ecosystems and keeping our world alive. The obvious one is bees, but most insects are pollinators, and we would lose all our plant life if it wasn’t for those.
Do you have any favourite bugs?
I actually really like ants. Even though I’m constantly trying to keep them out of our kitchen, I refuse to poison the nests because I think it’s cruel, and if you poison one another is just going to come back. I like the whole colony thing and just the way they work and interact with each other, and their behaviour is as one unit, a family. They’re quite fascinating, same with bees and the whole hive mentality.