"The adult female mosquitoes have exceptional value for child raising hence the level of commitment and risk they take on the mission that entails decision between life and death".

With these words a Professor of Entomology at the University of Ilorin, Adeolu Ande began to present his paper titled - “Consider the ways of Ants and be Wise”. The paper was part of his series on insects being some of the most successful and influential group on earth.

He explained that humans have a lot to learn from insects in order to survive and preserve the environment.

"Human life is beset with inevitable associations with insects that have over the years influenced human destiny positively and negatively.

"Negative influences, such as disease transmission, crop losses, food spoilage, economic losses and nuisance value caused by less than 5 per cent of insect species have been exaggerated by man," he said.

Specifically, he had a lot to say about the Anopheles - the dreaded carrier of malaria which he described as being deliberately misunderstood and frequently condemned.

"In the actual sense, mosquitoes are equally sick but inadvertently and unwillingly convey pathogens that are the real causal agents of these diseases.

"The female mosquito could be described as an example of a true mother who is forced to undertake suicide mission in its bid to provide for its unborn children.

"The adult female mosquitoes have exceptional value for child raising hence the level of commitment and risk they take on the mission that entails decision between life and death.

"The after effect of this commitment is a well thought out plan that forestalls most of the factors that may stand in the way of raising good children.

"I am sure most human females will not take comparable decision in the face of similar attendant risks.

"It is however certain that children born after well thought out and risky conditions are better posited for quality living than those produced carelessly".

Hmmmmm ....were you produced carelessly?