Fact of the Day: Fairyflies are the Smallest Insects in the World

Did you know that the fairyflies are the smallest insects of the world?


Fairyflies are a very tiny type of wasp. The average length of this insect is one fifth of an inch! (That means that if you take one inch, you could fit 5 of these tiny insects across it). Fairyflies are as thin as a thread. They usually have black, brown, or yellow bodies. The antennae of the females have tips that look like little spoons, but the antennae on the males look like skinny threads. Their wings are very thin and and have long bristles (like those on your toothbrush) and that makes them look like fairy wings.