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National Insects Week | 24-30 June 2024

June 24, 2024

Celebrating National Insects Week

Welcome to National Insects Week, a time to celebrate and learn about the incredible diversity and fascinating lives of the smallest creatures on our planet. From the humble bee to the resilient wingless midge of Antarctica, insects play a crucial role in our ecosystems. Here are some astonishing facts about these remarkable beings.

The Unseen Majority

With over one million species of insects discovered and described, scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10 million species on earth. This immense diversity means that insects are a significant part of the world’s biodiversity, with countless species yet to be explored.

The Incredible Insect Population

There are approximately 1.4 billion insects for every person on earth. If you weighed all the insects together, their total weight would be about 70 times more than the total weight of all humans combined. This staggering number highlights the sheer abundance of insects and their vital presence in every corner of the globe.

The Busy Bees

Bees are among the most industrious insects. To produce just one pound of honey, bees must make around 10 million nectar-collecting trips. This extraordinary effort underscores the importance of bees in pollination and their contribution to our food supply.

Antarctica’s Only Insect

The only insect indigenous to Antarctica is the wingless midge, Belgica antarctica. This tiny, resilient insect has adapted to survive in one of the harshest climates on earth, showcasing the incredible adaptability of insects.

Dominant Life Forms

Insects are estimated to make up to 90% of all species of animals on the planet and more than half of all living things. Their vast numbers and variety mean they play essential roles in virtually all ecosystems, from pollination to decomposition.

Masters of Habitat

Insects can be found in almost every habitat imaginable, from snow-covered mountain ranges to the hottest deserts. Their ability to adapt to extreme conditions is a testament to their evolutionary success over millions of years.

Ancient Survivors

Insects have existed for over 350 million years, outlasting dinosaurs and even predating flowering plants. Their long history on earth has allowed them to evolve into the diverse and specialised creatures we see today.

Beetles: The Largest Insect Order

The largest known order of insects is Coleoptera, or beetles, with between 300,000 to 400,000 species described to date. Following beetles are the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Diptera (true flies), and Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps). This diversity within insect orders reflects their successful adaptation to a host of environments.

As we celebrate National Insects Week, let’s take a moment to appreciate the incredible diversity, adaptability, and significance of insects. These tiny creatures not only amaze us with their unique characteristics but also play indispensable roles in maintaining the balance of our ecosystems.

Dealing with an insect infestation in your home or business can be a nuisance, and some insects can carry harmful pathogens that can spread disease. If you’re looking to manage insect populations in your home or business, check out Vergo Pest Management’s insect control services for professional and effective solutions.


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