Truly Amazing Insect Photography – By Izidor Gasperlin
Scientists have discovered and cataloged over 800,000 insects worldwide! On top of that, somewhere between 7,000 to 10,000 new insects are discovered each year. And, most scientists believe that there are anywhere from 1,000,000 to an amazing 10,000,000 new insects in the world still waiting to be discovered.
Below we have an awesome collection of insect photos from photographer Izidor Gasperlin. Please enjoy…
The insect world includes all types of wonderful six-legged creatures. These include animals like butterflies, crickets, grasshoppers, bees, ants, flies, beetles, cockroaches, termites, and more.
Some insects are a nuisance – plain and simple. They spread disease (mosquitos), damage crops (locusts), are just plain annoying (house flies – ugh!), and the like. But, the overwhelming majority of insects serve a very valuable purpose in nature. These insects serve as food for fish, birds, frogs and other animals. They pollinate crops, eat / destroy other harmful insects, give us honey (thank you, bees!), bees wax, and silk. And, they also help to keep the environment clean by consuming dead animals and rotting vegetation.
Insects have inhabited the Earth for at least 4,000,000 years and have survived for this long because of their unique ability to adapt to climate change, temperature swings, and other environmental issues. Plus, they can / will eat just about anything!
It has been said that one mile of land contains more insects than the total number of human beings on planet Earth. That’s nearly 7 Billion insects per square mile of land!
The heaviest insect on record is the Goliath Beetle. This species can reach 4.33 inches in length from the frontal horns to the end of the abdomen. And, they can weigh up to 3.5 ounces. That’s almost a quarter of a pound!
More Amazing Insect Facts:
- The fastest land-moving insects are tropical cockroaches. They can move at a rate of 50 body lengths per second. This is equivalent to a human being running the 100 yard dash in 1 second – approximately 200 MPH.
- The Anopheles mosquito, which carries the malaria parasite Plasmodium, is believed to be responsible for 1/2 of the human deaths in world history – outside of war and accidental death – since the Stone Age.
- The longest insect on record is the “Stick Bug” from rain forests of Borneo. The largest such specimen is on display in the Natural History Museum, London and its body is 12.9 inches long! Its total length with legs included is 20 inches long.
- An Australian dragon fly was clocked at an amazing 36 MPH.
- Centipedes in southern Europe are credited as the insect with the “most legs.” They have 177 pairs of legs!
All photos on this page are copyright Izidor Gasperlin.
For more amazing insect images from Izidor, click the link below to visit his personal website…
Izidor Gasperlin Photography