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1) Over one million species of insects have been discovered and described but it is estimated that there may be as many as 10 million species on earth.

2) There are approximately 1.4 billion insects for every person on Earth. The total weight of all the insects is about 70 times more than all the people.

3) It takes bees about 10 million nectar-collecting trips to make one pound of honey

4) The only insect indigenous to Antarctica is the wingless midge, Belgica antarctica

5) Scientists estimate that insects make up to 90% of all species of animals on the planet and more than half of all living things.

6) Insects can be found in almost every habitat, from mountain ranges covered in snow to sthe hottest deserts on the planet.

7) Insects have been around for more than 350 million years, longer than the dinosaurs and flowering plants.

8) The largest known order of insects is Coleoptera (beetles), some 300,000 to 400,000 species of beetle have been described to date. The next largest is the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), followed by the Diptera (true flies) and then the Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps).

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