An entire colony on ants flew over the wide ocean for research on “cooperation within the colony”, or butterfly pupae from Costa Rica to Europe (report in our Infotheke).
In their function as flower pollinators, many insects provide this service for approx. 1/3 of all food worldwide. Other important functions include food production, the dissemination of plant seeds and gravedigging.
Insects are one of the most species-rich class of animals in the world. Approx. one million species of insects have been scientifically documented to date, accounting for 60% of all animal species in the world.
Their habitats are just as diverse as the richness of their species: ranging from dry fallow land through to humid jungles, insects colonise even the most inhospitable regions.
Although the individual species differ from each other optically, they nevertheless have the following features in common: they do not possess a spine, instead their body consists of a chitin covering and is divided into three sections: the head (also known as the caput), the breast (also known as the thorax) and the abdomen.
Characteristic for the head are a pair of antennae and compound eyes. Individual species differ in their mouth parts: sucker, proboscis or biting jaw.
The breast, also known as the thorax, exhibits the following characteristics: three pairs of jointed legs and two pairs of wings.
All the vital organs of insects are located in their abdomen, including the tracheae that regulate their breathing via an intricate system of tubes.
The species-appropriate shipping of insects is an extremely special matter to be discussed individually with customers.
This includes the following important points: