To be honest, we don’t notice insects much of the time. And when we do notice them, it’s often not for happy reasons. But these creatures have been around since long before us and will be here long after we’re gone. They are an important part of the ecosystem, and they play a big role in our food chain. So let’s take a break from swatting them away and learn a little more about these amazing creatures with this trivia quiz about insects!
1. Is a worm an insect?
No, they are annelids
2. How many legs does a housefly have?
3. What is the largest type of insect in the world?
The goliath beetle
4. How long can a grasshopper live?
Up to five months
5. What is the smallest type of insect in the world?
6. What do bees make that we eat?
7. What is the most common type of insect in the world?
8. What is the life expectancy of a mayfly?
9. How many times can a dragonfly flap its wings per second?
500 times per second
10. What do fireflies use their light for?
To attract mates
11. What is the most poisonous insect in the world?
The harvester ant
12. How far can a flea jump?
13. What do termites eat?
14. What is the loudest insect in the world?
15. What is the most common US state insect?
The honey bee
16. What was the largest insect ever found?
A dragonfly with a wingspan of nearly two feet
17. How long does a cicada live?
Up to 17 years
18. What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth?
Butterflies are diurnal and moths are nocturnal
19. What is the world’s deadliest spider?
The Brazilian Wandering Spider
20. How many eyes does a housefly have?
Only two – but they are as effective as having many more
21. What is the world’s fastest flying insect?
The dragonfly, with speeds of up to 35 miles per hour
22. How much honey can a beehive produce in one year?
23. What is the difference between a wasp and a hornet?
Wasps are predators and hornets are scavengers
24. How do ants communicate with each other?
They release pheromones
25. What is the primary purpose of an insect’s antennae?
To touch and smell
26. Which insect can lift something that is heavier than its own weight?
The rhinoceros beetle
27. How do bees know where to find flowers?
By the position of the sun
28. What kind of insect is a stink bug?
It is a type of shield bug
29. How do cockroaches get into homes?
They crawl through cracks and crevices
30. What is the difference between an insect and an arachnid?
Arachnids have eight legs and insects have six
31. What is the difference between a larva and a pupa?
A larva is an immature form and a pupa is a cocooned form
32. What do ladybugs eat?
33. How can you tell a male cricket from a female cricket?
Male crickets chirp and female crickets do not
34. Which state is known as the “Insect Capital of the World?”
35. What is the primary purpose of an insect’s exoskeleton?
36. How many wings does a bee have?
37. What kind of animals are most likely to eat insects?
Birds, bats, reptiles, and amphibians
38. What is the primary purpose of an insect’s compound eyes?
To see in all directions at once
39. Which insects can transmit diseases to humans?
Mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas
40. What kind of insects are used in research?
Fruit flies and cockroaches
41. What are the most dangerous insects in the world?
The Africanized honey bee and the tsetse fly
42. What are the most popular insects to collect?
Butterflies and beetles
43. What is the difference between an insect and a crustacean?
Crustaceans have two pairs of antennae and insects have one
44. How many different kinds of insects are there in the world?
More than one million
45. Which country has the most insects?
46. What is the most commonly eaten insect?
47. What are the most popular insects to keep as pets?
Stick insects and hermit crabs
48. Which insects were involved in Biblical plagues?
Flies and locusts
49. What is the primary purpose of an insect’s mouthparts?
To chew and swallow
50. What part of their body do butterflies taste with?
51. What kind of insects can fly backwards?
52. How do water bugs breathe underwater?
They breathe through their abdomens
53. What is the name for butterfly collecting?
54. What are the most popular insects to use in art?
Beetles and butterflies
55. Which have more biomass on earth — insects or humans?
Insects, by a large margin
56. In what year did the United States mint a silver dollar with an image of a bumblebee on it?
57. In the song “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” what does the spider climb up?
The water spout
58. In what year was the first National Insect Week celebrated in the United Kingdom?
59. Which insects are considered to be good luck in some cultures?
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
61. True or False: There is a magazine named “BugWorld”
True, it is published by Entomological Society of America
62. Where is the Insect Fear Film Festival held?
63. What is the name of the longest running insect-themed stage show in the world?
64. What was the first live insect to be sent into space?
65. Where is the the largest private collection of insects in the world?
The Natural History Museum in London???
66. What is the name of the 1998 animated film about insects that was NOT released by Pixar?
67. What is the name for an insect passing through all of its growth stages and becoming an adult?
68. What kind of insects are used in traditional Chinese medicine?
Grasshoppers, cicadas, and beetles
69. In the novella “Metamorphosis,” what character “awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect”?
70. Which president had an extensive collection of insects that he kept in his office?
71. The insect fair “Insectapalooza” is held annually at which Ivy League college?
72. Which country spends the most money on insect control per year?
The United States
73. The company SkeeterVac manufactures what product, which shoots salt at insects and kills them?
The “Bug-A-Salt” gun
74. What is the name for an adult male bee that does not have a stinger?
75. What famous writer and scientific theorist collected and studied insects as a hobby?
And there you have it! Hopefully this quiz didn’t bug you too badly and you learned something new about these fascinating creatures. Let us know how you did in the comments! And be sure to check out our huge library of quizzes here.