Insects make up three fourths of all living organisms and occupied earth even before humans. As a consequence, humans have shared the earth with insects for a long time. During this period, insects have had major impacts on human culture (e.g., the flea, Bubonic Plague, and destruction of 2/3rds of all of Europe, mosquito (its pathogen), malaria, and evolution of sickle cell anemia), and the inclusion of insects in the origin and creation myths of many indigenous cultures. Insects, such as the praying mantis, became a symbol of the surrealist movement and such artists as Picasso and Dali recognized this and Dali was an entomophobic. The course will explore the insects in diverse cultures with respect to music, art, superstitions, and even foods.
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