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What Is the Ratio of Bugs to Mammals?

There are an estimated 900,000 different types of species of bugs that have been discovered and classified, and the ratio of bugs to mammals on Earth is thought to be approximately 312 to 1. Researchers believe that bugs outnumber humans and other mammals because they can survive on a large variety of matter, such as decomposing matter, plants, other insects, and don’t have to be as competitive with other bugs for food. Insects are also able to live in a larger range of climates and environments than mammals, and their smaller size makes it easier for a high number of them to share a common space—particularly important since bugs have a high rate of reproduction.

More about insects:

  • Termite queens in Eastern Africa have been found lay over 40,000 eggs every day at a rate of approximately one every two seconds.
  • While humans are thought to date back 130,000 years, scientists believe that bugs have been around on Earth for 350 million years.
  • Insects are thought to outnumber plants at a ratio of 17 to 1.
Allison Boelcke
By Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By dimchild — On Oct 05, 2014

Maybe they have more rights to this planet than humans!

Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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