Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Popularity of Insects

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3070

In terms of numbers of species, insects are the largest group of animals by far. There are approximately one million named species of insects, and most recent estimates suggest there are three to four million more in the world yet to be discovered. Insects also are among the most abundant in terms of sheer numbers. Dr. E.O. Wilson has estimated that there may be as many as 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 quintillion) individual insects in the world.

Because of the great numbers and spectacular appearance of insects, everyone has some familiarity with them. Throughout history, insects have permeated almost every area of human society – a fact that is well documented on the web site, Cultural Entomology Online. Most people have some opinion, either positive or negative, about insects. Currently, insects and other arthropods are enormously popular. Everywhere one looks there is evidence of this popularity. It is virtually impossible to visit the jewelry departments of large department...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA