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The Top 5 Most Common Species of Insects

  Insect Species Estimated Number of Species
1 Beetles (Coleoptera) 500,000
2 Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera) more than 160,000
3 Ants, Bees and Wasps (Hymenoptera) 140,000
4 True flies (Diptera) 120,000
5 Bugs (Hemiptera) 90,000
Sources:  Various

List Notes: List is of known insects as of the year 2004.
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  1. Beetles are the largest order in the animal kingdom.

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