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Why Study Insects

Diversity
Abundance
Food supply
Human Health
Share our homes
Beneficial Roles
Good model systems

Percent of living organisms

75% of all living organisms

Adaptation

To all habitats
Absent from oceans

Adaptation

To all habitats
Absent from oceans

Abundance due to

Small Size
Rapid life cycle
1 house fly in spring = 5.5 million in fall
10^18 alive at any moment

Food supply

Injure crops, forests, and stored produces
Pests

Pest percentage

<1%

Human Health

Affect human Health directly
Affect us indirectly
Compete for food
Spoil crop

Share our homes

Termites
Cockroaches

Good model systems

share nature of genetic material
easy to rear

Beneficial Roles

Pollinators
natural predator of pests
part of food web
recycle nutrients
indicators of environmental qualities
produce porducts

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