Locust swarm. Photo by Laika ac.
Locust swarm. Photo by Laika ac.

Let’s face it: insects rule the world. Insects make up approximately 80% of the world’s species, and at any given time, scientists estimate 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects are thriving. By comparison, there’s roughly 7.4 billion humans currently on Earth, so that says a lot about insect dominance.

But, if 10 quintillion insects distributed worldwide wasn’t enough, there are some places in the world where a sizable chunk of these insects gather together in one place or region, forming stupendous swarms. These massive swarms are impressive, but they can also be devastating. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest swarms in the world.