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   The insects form the largest and most successful group of creatures on earth. Of the more than ten million creatures known to exist they outnumber all other groups by at least four to one. Most are as yet unrecorded and numerous species have become extinct before they have been found or studied.Insects are found in a vast variety of sizes and forms from the huge Birdwing butterflies which can grow to 28cm, to the tiniest wasps of 0.2mm. The variety of forms is no less spectacular. There are insects without which human life would be unsustainable; for example, the honey bees, which play a major role in the pollination of food plants. At the other end of the scale there are insects such as the malaria-carrying mosquito, Anopheles sp., and the yellow fever transmitter, Aedes aegypti, without which people would be considerably better off. Insects can be both pests of plants and animals and can add to the beauty of the world. Who would want to live in a world without butterflies for example?
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Sinai Baton Blue Butterfly, Pseudophilotes sinaicus
Egypt has a spectacular endemic in this butterfly, a good candidate for the smallest butterfly in the world. Adult males are absolutely tiny, with each wing only 6.5mm long. The only place in the world that it occurs is on and around Mt. Sinai.


English Name Latin Name
Egyptian Grasshopper Anacridium aegyptiacum
Poekilocerus bufonius Poekilocerus bufonius
Praying Mantis Poekilocerus bufonius
Damselfly Ischnura sp.
Blue Dragonfly Orthetrum chrysostigma X
Red Dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea X
Ant Lion Family: Myrmeleontidae
Cicada Cicada sp.
Cicada Cicada sp.
Soldier Bug Spilostethus pandurus X
Humpback Fly Family: Acroceridae
Beefly Family Bombyliidae
Hoverfly Eupeodes corollae
Bagworm Caterpillar
Desert Grayling Pseudotergumia pisidice X
Mallow Skipper Butterfly Carcharodes alceae
Long-tailed Blue Butterfly Lampides boeticus
Sinai Baton Blue Butterfly Pseudophilotes sinaicus X
Sinai Hairstreak Butterfly Satyrium jebelia X
Saharan Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio saharae
Potter Wasp Katamenes sichelii
Nomia sp Nomia sp
Scarab Beetle Scarabaeus sp.


English Name Latin Name
Fiddler Crab Uca Sp. X
Crab X
Flower Crab Spider Misumenops vatia