How Many Types of Insect are There?
Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet. For example, there are about 2,200 species of praying mantis, 5,000 types of dragonfly, 20,000 types of grasshopper, 82,000 species of bug, 120,000 species of fly, 110000 species of bee, wasp, ant and sawfly , 170,000 types of butterfly and moth and 360,000 different beetles. Insects have two or four wings depending on their species. The different types of insects alive today include • The Bristltails – these wingless insects have not been studied well. There are about 350 different species, some even living in the cold of the Arctic! • Silverfish are flat insects that eat starchy food such as cereal or paper. There are over 200 species. • The Mayflies are famous for having very short lifespans – some live for only half an hour as adults! Mayflies are very sensitive to pollution. There are about 2500 species. • The Dragonflies and Damselflies are a group of relatively large insects. Dragonfly larvae live in the water, and are