Photogallery - 5 species of other
are invertebrate animals of the Class Insecta
, the largest and (on land) most widely-distributed taxon within the Phylum Arthropoda
. Insects comprise the most diverse group of animals on the earth, with around 925,000 species described-more than all other animal groups combined: "Indeed, in no one of her works has Nature more fully displayed her exhaustless ingenuity," Pliny exclaimed. Insects may be found in nearly all environments on the planet, although only a small number of species have adapted to life in the oceans where crustaceans tend to predominate.
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