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31 Questions and Answers about Insects


  1. What percentage of all the species in the world are insects: (a)40%, (b)60%, or (c)80%?
  2. What is the scientific study of insects called?
  3. Which order of insects contain the most species?
  4. Which winged insects have the best vision in the animal kingdom?
  5. What is the only insect that can turn its head?
  6. In 2018, what types of insects invaded the court at Wimbledon, distracting tennis players and making news headlines around the world?
  7. The Phasmids are an order of insects that include the world's longest insects, by what name are these insects commonly called?

  8. Greenfly is a common name for what small sap-sucking insects?
  9. There are three types of honey bees within a hive, the queen and the workers are two types, whats the third?
  10. True or false? A cockroach can live for a week without its head?
  11. Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the painted what?
  12. What is the loudest insect in the world?
  13. Which part of an insect's body lies between the head and the abdomen?
  14. What well known name is given to the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae?
  15. Which beetle is also known as the potato bug and is a major pest of potato crops?
  16. What insects are often known as "one-day insects"?
  17. Which insect is also be known as the "horse-stinger" and "devil's darning needle"?
  18. Which insect with the scientific name culicoides impunctatus may often bite walkers in the Scottish Highlands, this bite is felt as a sharp prick?
  19. The term computer bug was first coined in the 1940s when what sort of insect caused an error when trapped in computer hardware?
  20. What is the name of the order of insects which includes butterflies and moths?
  21. Which insects are carriers of malaria and yellow fever?
  22. Silkworms are rather partial to the leaves of which tree?
  23. Why do crickets rub their legs together?
  24. How many stages are there in the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths?
  25. What insects were known as "wood ants" or "white ants" in early English until the modern name was first used in 1781?
  26. What is the function of spiracles on insects?
  27. Which insect is the symbol of female potency?
  28. Which wingless insect with the scientific name Lepisma saccharinum gets its common name from its silvery light grey colour?
  29. What's the primary diet of xylophagous insects?
  30. Which insects are the cause of human sleeping sickness?
  31. Onthophagus taurus is known to lift weights up to 1,141 times its own body weight, by what name do we better know this insect? (Hint: we need a two word name)


  1. (c)80%
  2. Entomology
  3. Beetles (or coleoptera)
  4. Dragonflies
  5. Praying mantis
  6. Flying ants
  7. Stick insects
  8. Aphids
  9. Drones
  10. True (after a week without a mouth, it can't drink water and dies of thirst)
  11. Painted Lady
  12. Cicada is the world's loudest insect
  13. Thorax
  14. Locusts
  15. Colorado beetle
  16. Mayflies
  17. Dragonfly
  18. Midge or midgies
  19. Moth (was trapped in a computer)
  20. Lepidoptera
  21. Mosquitoes
  22. Mulberry trees
  23. To attract mates
  24. Four (egg, larva, pupa, and adult)
  25. Termites
  26. Breathing (an external respiratory opening)

  27. Honey bee
  28. Silverfish
  29. Wood
  30. Tsetse flies
  31. Dung beetle