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Table 5a is intended to provide a reasonable estimate of the average weight of insects living today. This table has 12 pages. From the last page, the average weight estimate is 0.001 lb (0.45 g). This estimate is probably on the high side. The number of insect species is unknown but in the millions possible as much as 10 million. For this study 8 million will be assumed.
1 Froggatt, Walter, Australian Insects, (Sydney: William Brooks and Company, Ltd., 1907)
2 Picker, Mike and Griffiths, Charles, Insects
of South Africa, (Cape Town, South Africa:Struik Nature, 2015)
3 Swain, Ralph, The Insect Guide, (Garden City, New York, 1957)
Creation Evolution Digest
6 Froggatt, Walter, Australian Insects, (Sydney: William Brooks and Company, Ltd., 1907)
7 The Creation
8 Froggatt, Walter, Australian Insects, (Sydney: William Brooks and Company, Ltd., 1907)
11 The Creation Evolution Digest 12 to 14 Ibid.
15 Gibbons, Bob,Field Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe, (Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England: Crowood Press, 1995)
Ralph, The Insect Guide, (Garden City, New York, 1957)
17 Froggatt, Walter, Australian Insects, (Sydney: William Brooks and Company,
18 Pomona College Journal of Entomology, Volumes III and IV 1911-1912 (Claremont, California, U. S. A.:Department of Zoology
19 The Creation Evolution Digest
20 to 21 Ibid.
23 The Creation Evolution Digest
24 to 25 Ibid.
28 Eaton, Eric and Kaufman, Kenn, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America,
(New York, New York: Hillstar Editions, L.C., 2007)
29 Gibbons, Bob, Field Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe, (Ramsbury,
Wiltshire, England: Crowood Press, 1995)
31 Evans, Arthur, Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, (New York, New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 2008)
32 to 33
34 Froggatt, Walter, Australian Insects, (Sydney: William Brooks and Company, Ltd., 1907)
35 to 36 Ibid.
38 Martins, Dino, Insects of East Africa, (Cape Town,South Africa: Struik Nature,
44 The Creation
45 to 64 Ibid.
1. The number of species of insects is estimated from 2 to 10 million with about one million named.
2. Insect weight information
is very sparse on the internet and references. Size information is more common especially for the larger insects. Size information
from references where copyrights are still active was restricted to levels that will not constitute violation of copyrights.
were taken on numerous dried insects from around the world. Areas included Southeast and Central Asia, Indonesia, North, Central and
South America, Africa, and the Ukraine.
4. Dimensions from references included North and South America, Britain and Northern Europe,
Australia, and South and Southeast Africa.
5. Because of the lack of weight information available, insects were captured, dimensions
scaled, and live weights determined using a Superior Mini Digital Platform Scale I-2000 with stated accuracy of 0.01 g for the weight
range used. The insects were also photographed and then released. These weights were utilized along with some weights from the internet
to make weight estimates by constructing curves of weights versus lengths for different types of insects (bugs, beetles, grasshoppers,
6. Size information abbreviations are as follows:
bl – body length from tip of head to tip of abdomen excluding protrusions
(antennas, caudal filaments, etc.)
bw - body width at widest location or thorax if specified
ws – wingspan measured at the forewings
Weights in the Adult Ave. Wt. Used column:
a. Where size or weight ranges were given in references, the average of the given sizes
or weights were used to estimate the weights as indicated by “a” in the table.
b. Where maximum sizes or weights only were given, 75
percent of the maximum sizes or weights were used as indicated by “f”.
c. When bl, bw, undefined length or ws were available without
weight information, weights where estimated based on the information available from other insects as indicated by “e” in the table.
Because of the small sample size of around 620 from millions, weights for some of the larger insects were not included in the calculations
as this would unbalance the sample. These eliminations are indicated by “q” in the table.
8. There can be considerable variation in
weights within a species.
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