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According to the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research institution, there are more than 10 quintillion insects alive at any given moment.(1) That’s an estimate, of course, and quintillion – for those of us unfamiliar with the scope of the term – refers to 10 to the 19th power, or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000. While we know of approximately 900,000 different, uniquely described species – comprising around 80% of our global biological diversity – the true figure for the number of individual species may be closer to 2 million, the largest terrestrial biomass of all. And to couch this in slightly more approachable numbers this is approximately 200 million insects to each and every human being… [Read More]