With over 1 million described species, insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on earth. Estimates for total living species are around 5-6 million, but we don’t know how many there really are yet!
“Insect” is not synonymous with “bug”. A true bug is a type of insect in the order Hemiptera that have a long, tube-like mouth called a proboscis or beak.
Ants have the largest brain of any insect. The combined brain cells of a colony of ants have about the same number of brain cells as a human.
An ant can lift 10 to 20 times its own body weight. To equal their strength, a man who weighed 180 pounds would have to lift 1,800 to 3,600 lbs!