How the smallest bugs make the biggest impact
Polilov determined that the minuscule bug measures just 0.325 millimeters (or approximately 0.013 inches) in length. To compare, that’s about one-sixth the size of the very small Pharaoh ant
The title of world’s smallest insect is currently held by Dicopomorpha echmepterygis, a kind of fairyfly measuring about 0.139 millimeters. Fairyflies are parasitoids of the eggs of other insects.
The featherwing beetle, on the other hand, is a “free-living” insect, in that it lives independently. According to Nature World News, the beetle generally inhabits “areas with ample amounts of leaf-litter, decaying logs, compost heaps, tree holes, decaying fungi, animal dung or other organic matter.”
The teeny insect is yellowish-brown and has an elongated oval body and a 10-segmented antennae. It was reportedly first found in Nicaragua in 1999, but scientists have been unable to get precise measurements of the creature till now.