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Harmful Insects (And Why)


While there are many helpful insects encountered throughout the world, there are also plenty of harmful species that pass disease, destroy crops, affect animal populations and the like.

There are a total of (38) Harmful Insects in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order. Insects that we we consider to be harmful are those that accomplish something negative for the ecosystem - destroying crops, structures, infestations, delivering painful / poisonous / venomous bites, etc... Keep in mind that some insects deemed 'harmful' appearing on this list may also provide benefits. The insect world is one of many moving parts that include both helpful and harmful species - with every bug playing its own role in some way.

NOTE: Always seek professional medical care if you suspect yourself to have been bitten, stung, etc...in any way by an insect. Only a trained medical professional can truly assess your particular condition and injury.