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Insects are the largest and most diverse group of animals, with approximately 30 orders and over 1,000,000 named species. They make nearly 60% of 1,700,000 described species of all living organisms. Amazingly, up 70-80% of insects, mostly small-bodied species from the tropics, remain undescribed, and the estimated number of species may range from 2,000,000 to staggering 7,800,000 million!

Five orders contribute almost 90% to insect diversity:


Coleoptera (Beetles) 375,000 species
Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) 180,000 species
Hymenoptera (Wasps, Bees, and Ants) 130,000 species
Diptera (Flies and Mosquitos) 125,000 species
Hemiptera (Bugs, Cicadas, Treehoppers) 82,000 species

                                                                                            

                             
The beetles (Coleoptera) alone make up to 40% of named insect species, and could number between 900,000 and 2,100,000 species, once all taxa will have been described. Some entomological authorities projected that the Diptera and the Hymenoptera could match or even exceed the Coleoptera in the number of undescribed species.

Our collection of insect images is very modest, because insects, and invertebrates in general, are not our speciality. We usually photograph insects, while looking for other forms of life. On this website we present about 300 identified species, and more than half of these are Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). This is only 0.03% of all insects, if we go by the most conservative estimate of one million species, or 0.004% of 7,800,000 million species!

 

    Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
     
    Coleoptera -Beetles
     
    Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies
     
    Orthoptera - Grasshoppers Katydids, and Crickets
     
    Hymenoptera - Wasps, Bees, Sawflies, and Ants
     
    Hemiptera - Bugs, Cicadas, Treehoppers, and Lantern Flies
     
    Diptera - Flies and Mosquitoes
     
    Phasmatodea - Sticks Insects
     
Neuroptera Lacewings Mantispids   Neuroptera - Lacewings, Mantidflies, and Antlions
     
Megaloptera, Dobsonflies and Fishflies   Megaloptera - Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies
     
Blattodea Cockroaches Termites   Blattodea - Cockroaches and Termites
     
Mantodea Mantises   Mantodea - Mantises
     
Psocoptera, Booklice   Psocoptera - Booklice and Barklice
     
Trichoptera-Caddisflies   Trichoptera - Caddisflies
     
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