Wings in Motion Framed Butterflies, Insects, Live Butterfly Releases and Electronic Moving Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths and Firefly Lights.
 Framed, Electronic & Live Butterfly and Insect Gifts for Sale  
Framed Butterfly for Sale
Framed Moth for Sale
Framed Lantern Fly for Sale
Framed Beetle for Sale
Framed Grasshopper for Sale
Framed Stick Insect for Sale
Framed Scorpion for Sale
Framed Centipede for Sale
Framed Spider for Sale
Framed Bat for Sale
More Insects:
Small Items:
ELECTRONIC
American Butterfly:
Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly
Blue Morpho Butterfly
Clodius Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly
Dogface Butterfly
Tropical Butterfly:
Meridan Butterfly
Postman Butterfly
Sangaris Butterfly
Ulysses Butterfly
Violet Morpho Butterfly
Birdwing Butterfly
Moth:
Emperor Moth
Sunset Moth
Glow-in-the-Dark:
Dragonfly Pairs:
Firefly Light Effect:
 Smallest and Fastest Insects Alive

What is the Smallest Insect?
The smallest insects are fairy flies, which are insects that parasitize other insects' eggs by laying their eggs inside them. Fairy flies are only 1/5 of a millimeter in length. Many beetles are less than one millimetre in length, and the North American Feather-winged Beetle Nanosella fungi, at 0.25mm, is a serious contender for the title of smallest insect in the world. Other insect orders which contain extremely small members are the Diptera (True Flies) and the Collembola (Springtails). The "feather-winged" beetles and the "battledore-wing fairy flies" are smaller than some species of protozoa (single cell creatures). Megaphragma caribea a hymenopteran parasite from Guadeloupe, measuring out at a huge 0.17 mm long is in contention for the smallest insect.

What is the Smallest Winged Insect?
The Tanzanian parasitic Wasp comes in as the smallest winged insect with a wingspan of 0.2 millimeters.

How Fast can Insects Fly?
The male deer bot fly is reputed to develop flying speeds of up to several hundred miles per hour, but this may be just an exaggeration. The tabanid fly, which is related to horse flies, has been clocked in at 90 miles per hour. Hawkmoths, from the Sphingidae family, have been timed at a a solid 33 miles per hour. A horsefly (Hybomitra hinei wrighti) was recently clocked at 145 km/h! Dragonflies of the Anax parthenope species have been clocked in at almost 18 miles per hour. Honeybees fly at about a moderate 7 miles per hour, and have to beat their wings 190 times per second to do it. Speeds vary amongst butterfly species (for some reason the poisonous varieties are slower than non-poisonous ones). The fastest butterflies (skippers) can fly at about 30 miles per hour or more. Slow flying butterflies fly at only 5 mph. Insect airspeed is affected by mass, size, age, gender, feeding, water content, activity type, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind, oxygen level, ascent angle and even habitat isolation. More research needs to be done in order to determine the fastest insect.

How Fast can Insects Flap their Wings?

Insects with the fastest wing beating frequency are the no-see-ums (very tiny midges) which beat their hairy wings 1,046 times per second, or 62,000 beats per minute, the record holder for an animal with the fastest fluttering wings. Male mosquitoes don't even come close with wings that beat 450 to 600 times per second. Cabbageworm butterflies are perhaps the slowest with wings that beat only 9 times per second.

Which Insects are the Fastest Runners?
As you may have guesses the fastest runners in the insect world are cockroaches, which can move almost one foot per second - translating to a little over 3 mph or 50 body lengths per second. This would be equivalent to a human sprinter running the 100 yard dash in 1 second or approximately 200MPH! The fastest Caterpillar comes from the Mother-of-Pearl Moth (Pleurotya ruralisat); It has a defense reflex where it can roll away at enormous speeds of up to 15 inches per second!

How Far can Insects Jump?
Fleas jump 200 times their body length, proportionate to a human clearing a 70-story building. Grasshoppers jump 80 times their length, akin to a human jumping 1 1/2 football field lengths. Inch long Flea beetles can jump up to 2 feet, like a human jumping over 15 cars. And a 1/2 inch Click beetle can catapult itself about 1 foot.

Next - Previous

Fascinating Insect Facts:
How Many Insect Species Exist?
Insect Orders, Families, and Species
Insects in Terms of Biomass Returns Surprising Results
Common Characteristics of Insects
What is an Entomologist?
What is a Lepidopterist?
What is a Arachnologist?
What are Insects?
What Makes Insects Unique?
How do Insects get Their Scientific Name?
How Many Different Kinds of Insects are There?
What are the Orders of Insects?
A Few Samples of Orders of Insects
What are Some Non-Insect Classes?
What is a Bug?
How Far can Insects Fly?
What is the Insect Longest Migration?
What is the Oldest Insect Fossil?
Did Butterflies Live During the Era of the Dinosaurs?
What was the Biggest Insect Ever?
What Type of Insect has Been on Earth the Longest?
What is the Largest Living Insect?
What is the Largest Insect Egg?
What is a Praying Mantis?
What is a Cockroach?
How do Spiders Differ from Insects?
How can I Collect Spider Specimens?
What is the Largest Spider?
What's the Most Venomous Spider?
What are the Most Deadly Spiders?
Must Spiders Catch Prey with Webs?
How Strong is Spider Silk?
What is the Biggest Spider Web?
What are the Longest Lived Spiders?
Most Dangerous Spider?
What is Arachnophobia?
What is a Scorpion?
What's the Most Dangerous Scorpion?
What is Insect Mimicry?
What is the Biggest Group of Insects?
What are Beetles?
What is a Flea Beetle?
What is a Dung Beetle?
What is a Lady Bug?
What is a Firefly?
How do Fireflies Produce Light?
What Other Real Insects Glow?
How can a Real Butterfly Glow?
Are there Electronic Glowing Insects?
What is the Heaviest Insect?
What is the Strongest Animal?
Which Animal has the Most Legs?
What are Mites?
What is a Tick?
What is a Flea?
What are Lice?
What are Mosquito's?
Most Dangerous Anything?
What are Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets and Bees?
What is a Killer Bee?
What Eats Every Animal in its Path?
What are Ants?
What is a Termite?
How Closely Related are Termites to Ants?
How Large is a Termite Colony?
Which Insect has the Largest Nest?
What is a Grasshopper?

What is a Cicada?
What is the Loudest Insect?
What is the Most Destructive Insect?
What is the Most Common Household Insect Problem?
What is a Dragonfly?
What do Dragonflies Eat?
How can I Tell a Dragonfly from a Damselfly?
How Long do Dragonflies Live?
What Enemies do Dragonflies and Damselflies Have?
How Many Lenses are in a Dragonfly's Eyes?
What is the Biggest Dragonfly and Damselfly?
What is the Smallest Dragonfly?
What is a Nymph?
What is a Caterpillar?
What is a Cocoon?
What is a Butterfly?
What is the Difference Between Butterflies and Moths?
Can Butterflies Fly Great Distances?
What is the World's Largest Butterfly?
What is the Largest Butterfly in USA?
What are the Largest Moths in the World?
What is the Smallest Butterfly?
What is the Smallest Moth?
What is the Smallest Insect?
What is the Smallest Winged Insect?
How Fast can Insects Fly?
How Fast can Insects Flap their Wings?
Which Insects are the Fastest Runners?
How Far can Insects Jump?
How Long can Insects Live?
What is the Shortest Insect Life?
How Much Silk Comes from a Single Silkworm?
What Insects are Made Into Products?
Why are Insects so Important to Agriculture?
Are Insects Ever Used in Medicine?
What are Insects Best Senses?
What are Insects Worst Enemies?
Which Animal has the Most Muscles?
Which Insect can Reproduce the Most Offspring?
What is Fly-Fishing?

 
 
Call Toll Free:
1-888-244-4059
 
We accept the following debit and credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc.


Live Monarch Butterfly for Wedding Release
Live Painted Lady Butterfly for Wedding Release
Insects for Sale:
Multi-Butterfly:
Single Butterfly:


 
www.Entomon.net
Toll Free: 888-244-4059 Office: 818-883-4059
*Discount does not apply to live butterfly releases.