Across the five schools, over 2,000 insects were collected for BIOSCAN.
Four of the five schools found fairy wasps, from the Mymaridae family. These are tiny, feathery-winged parasitoid wasps, which lay their eggs inside the eggs of other insects. Many species are used to control insect pests in agriculture and horticulture.
The Mymaridae family includes the smallest known insects – including the world’s smallest measuring just 0.139 mm, and the smallest known flying insect, at just 0.15 mm long. Most species are less than 1mm long – smaller than the tip of a sewing needle.