Four of 10 quintillion

That mind-boggling number is the estimated number of insects on the planet, according to E. O. Wilson. That’s supposedly 80% of the number of every species on Earth. The Entomological Society of America says:

More than one million different species of insects have been identified, but some experts believe that there may be as many as 30 million insect species in the world that have yet to be discovered and identified.

Oh my giddy aunt! Rather than short-circuiting my brain try to get a handle on such numbers, may I present a mere four of these seen recently near my house? Many thanks to insect enthusiast Elaine (go on, you know you are) for help with ID. We are happy to be corrected, so please let us know.

The first is flower or tiger longicorn, Aridaeus thoracicus.

Tiger Longicorn

Flower or tiger longicorn, Aridaeus thoracicus

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