posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 01:10 PM
Um.....Erm.....Yes, I was kidding. But if you want to continue to believe I was kidding, WHATEVER you do, dont scroll down!!
"A person steps upon thousands of insects whenever walking outdoors. In an oak forest in Pennsylvania, researchers counted the number of arthropods
in leaf litter and soil in samples that were one foot square and three inches deep. They found an average of 9,759 arthropods per square foot. Based
on these counts, the researchers estimated that there were more than 425 million soil and litter arthropods per acre (43,560 square feet) of forest.
How many would be in a square mile, which includes 640 acres? In this study, mites (Class Arachnida) were the most abundant kind of animal, averaging
more than 294 million per acre. Springtails (Class Hexapoda, Order Collembola), which are closely related to insects, averaged 119 million. Insects
and other arthropods averaged 11 million per acre.
The number of insects and other arthropods floating and flying through the air are phenomenal. A researcher named P. A. Glick collected insects in
special traps that were placed on airplanes flying over Tallulah, Louisiana. He collected 30,033 specimens in the air, including wingless insects and
spiders that were air blown. He calculated that a cubic mile of air, starting 50 feet above the ground, contained an average of 25,000,000 insects and