Insect, Canyon de Chelley, AZ, Photo-Peter Faris, 1997.
Ancestral pueblo people of the Southwest depended upon their corn crop for the survival of their families. They would be expected to have an intimate knowledge of the life and development of the plants and would have been fully aware of insects associated with their corn crop. While the earwig might have damaged some of the corn crop by eating the silk on developing ears of corn, they also ate insects that may have damaged the corn such as aphids and plant lice. This knowledge may well have inspired the sort of approach-avoidance relationship that would lead to granting the insect a special place in agriculturally related belief complexes.” (http://rockartblog.blogspot.com)
This has gotten to be long enough for one week so I will revisit it with the second half of this exploration in next week's posting.