Insect Facts

There are some interesting insect facts.

Below are some of the more amazing insect facts.

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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