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The big fight in the little insect Mind Map


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  • 1. The big fight in the little insect This is a true story of a miniature inspiration. A fight to live, against all odds. Sitting in the garden enjoying fresh air, I noticed an insect in a pool of water. Soaked, barely moving, yet still signs of life and movement, the fly, about the size of a grain of rice, looked beaten. I helped it into a small clear plastic box 72157607955184568/ and placed it on the table. In shear fascination of its intricate body, life in miniature, I decided to gently blow warm breath over the insect in an effort to dry it out and help it move again. For over twenty five minutes I watched the fly recover from almost no movement to gently and painstakingly clean its legs, body, face, head and wings of excess water. It stopped every few minutes to regain energy, often looking like it had given in. I blew warm breath occasionally and the insect slowly rotated bit by bit as if responding to the air and using it to dry itself out. After about half an hour or so, time that for me, I barely noticed, the insect flapped its wings once and then sat recovering for several more minutes before walking about an inch. Then, after a few minutes more, it walked up the side of the box across the length of the inside of the lid, around the edge and up to the top of the box. The fly sat there allowing the breeze to dry it out further and continued to clean itself thoroughly. Could it survive, I thought? Will it have the energy to fly? I wonder if it will sit there for ages to recover or just fly away. I watched and waited and the fly rotated, slowly allowing its wings up to dry out and cleaning small debris from its legs and torso. Its tiny legs, one at a time, reached up and over its body and its other legs, wings and head to remove water. A few more minutes passed. Then, suddenly, in a burst of energy it flew, hovered before me and disappeared into the distance. Wow! What more could I say? I was speechless. The fly’s desire to live was strong; it battled hard and pulled through. It could have given in, may have been defeated, yet it never gave up. If a fly, the size of a grain of rice can do that – win against incredible odds, what are we each capable of?
  • 2. The big fight in the little insect. That’s courage, endurance, bravery; a miniature inspiration - a snapshot of a journey that I witnessed and will remember always. Insect tips: To catch insects indoors and release them try a small clear plastic box with a lid like business card holders Most buzzing insects will fly away from you if you buzz back. Disclaimer: if you get stung it’s not my fault! :) Interesting insect facts: Wing beats per minute vary enormously from 300 up to an amazing 62,670 beats per minute of a midge called Forcipomyia Fastest insect is the Deer Botfly which can sustain a burst of speed reaching 36mph (58 km/h) Insects are the largest group of animals on Earth Insects account for 80% of all animal species on Earth There are at least one million different species Over 100 new insects are discovered annually First appearance of insects more than 500 million years ago Largest: Goliath beetle weighs more than 100gm (3.5 oz) Smallest: Tiny fairyfly almost invisible to the human eye Most insects have three part bodies; head, thorax and abdomen and six legs Insects feed on wood, blood, nectar, paper, shoe polish, seaweed and other insects Mouth parts vary – some bite, pierce, suck, sponge, scrape, probe Disadvantages of insects: flies can spread disease, weevils and locusts can eat crops and parasites like fleas and lice can live and feed on farm animals and sometimes humans Advantages of insects: vital part of nature, pollinate flowers and source of food for many birds, bats and reptiles; without bees, no honey!
  • 3. To see more Mind Maps by Paul Foreman visit the Mind Map Inspiration Website and Subscribe to the Mind Map Inspiration Blog to receive new Mind Maps, plus creativity and drawing tips. Blog at Mindmaps ® were invented by Tony Buzan They help us progress from "linear" (one-dimensional) through "lateral" (two-dimensional) to "radiant" (multi-dimensional) thinking. For more information see his books and visit the following website: (Affiliate link)
  • 4. E-Books available from including: In this E-Book I share how I create ideas and help guide you towards the land of infinite possibilities. Never be stuck for an idea again! Contents Includes the following Mind Maps: 5W1H Idea Creation Why simple is often best Topical Ephemeral or Practical Immortal Fresh ideas Theory of the Brain Use thinking – don’t let it use you Idea Lifespan of an idea Planning Ahead and the Bigger Picture Simplicity of an idea Sparking Ideas Everything stems from a thought What is Original? Planning ahead and the bigger picture Thinking Styles Sparking ideas Thinking styles template Random thinking styles Creativity Toolkit Mind Map Creativity Toolkit Planetary Thinking Outside the box outside the box 360° Thinking Ideas don’t dry up – thoughts do Creative Focus Constant Daily Learner Odd Combinations Land of infinite possibilities Thinking outside the Box Thinking outside the Box Checklist Curious Brain Constant Daily Learner
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