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What is entomology?

Updated Wednesday, 8th August 2007

An explanation of the subject of entomology

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  • Entomology is a branch of Zoology which deals with the study of insects. 
  •  The word originates from the Greek word 'entom', meaning 'notched' which relates to the segmented body of an insect.
  • These insects are by far the most numerous animals on the earth.
  • There are at least 1 million different species of insects that have been documented, but estimates of the total number of species that exist range from 5 million to 80 million.
  • Insects can live in the most inhospitable places on the Earth from the frozen Antarctic to the burning hot deserts of South America.

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