Insect Facts

There are some interesting insect facts.

Below are some of the more amazing insect facts.

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Insects are by far the most successful group of animals on the Earth.

Ant Carrying Prey in its Mandibles (Leptomyrmex Unicolor), Queensland, Australia
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* They are also by far the most numerous - there are believed to be up to 10 million insect species and we have no idea how many we haven't discovered yet

* Their short lives mean a quick generation turnover which means they are incredibly quick to adapt to any new conditions - the main reason for their evolutionary success

* Their eveolutionary history goes back 350-400 million years. Ours is only 130,000.

* Insects and spiders are two different things - none of them belongs to the group of the other

* The most clear difference between insects and spiders is that insects have six legs while spiders have eight

* While many spiders are harmful, very few of insects are (less than 1%)

* Most insects are harmless and many are outright good - they are plant pollinators, as well as food for our loved birds and animals

* There are almost as many ant species only, as the amount of all species of birds.

* Ants can carry weights more than 50 times of their own.

* The total weight of all termites on Earth is 10 times the weight of all humans

* But by far the largest group of insects is beetles.

* Mosquitoes can flap their wings 500 times/second.

* Only female mosquitoes bite. Males live on plant material.

* That also means only females carry any insect borne deseases harmful to humans, such as malaria, dengue fever etc.

* About one in 1000 female mosquitoes could carry one of these, but that's in world average. In some countries/areas that number is higher or lower than in others.

* Only male crickets chirp

* Praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head to see backwards.

* Honey bees can fly up to 60 miles per day. To gather the nectar needed to make one pound of honey they have to make about 10 million trips.

* Cockroaches can live without head for three weeks.    























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