There are more species of insects than pretty much anything else in the world. And scientists know there are millions they haven’t even identified yet. Now, in a tropical rainforest in Panama, a multinational team of scientists has just completed the first ever insect census.
Scott Miller, an entomologist at the Smithsonian who worked on the Panama, shows off one of the species from the survey that’s at the National Museum of Natural History’s insect zoo in Washington, D.C.
“We’re standing in front of a colony of leafcutter ants,” he says. “There you see one of the worker’s who’s carrying a leaf above its head and across its back as if it were sort of a sail, it looks sort of the like a sailboat, walking across the rock here.”