Insects: lots of them

by reestheskin on 03/12/2022

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Edmund Gordon · Bye-bye Firefly: Carnival of the Insects · LRB 12 May 2022

Almost a million species of insect have been identified – around 90 per cent of all known types of animal – but it’s thought there may be up to nine million more. The Smithsonian Institution puts the total number of individual insects at around ten quintillion, or ten million million million, almost 1.3 billion of them for every human. Ants alone outnumber us by something like a million to one, and if you squashed them all into a gigantic ant-ball, they would equal us in mass.