Humans have always been very good at creating myths and legends. Since the dawn of time, man has shared his garden, his house, even his bed, with insects. Not surprisingly, they have also invaded his imagination!
Entomologist Georges Brossard refers to the creation myths of several nations to tell us the story of the world’s creation, revised and updated by insects. According to these legends, the Earth was created by a spider, the ocean by a water strider and the stars by a beetle. As for butterflies, they gave humans the most marvellous gift of all: colours.
Because of their strange shape and behaviour, some insects, such as the mysterious praying-mantis, are automatically credited with magical powers. Other insects, whose stings are extremely painful, are used in cruel initiation rites… which Georges Brossard will experiment himself!
It is not always easy to scientifically explain the strange behaviour and the incomprehensible strength of insects. It is much easier, even for the modern man, to evoke their magical powers.