|It is estimated that world-wide there are 5-10 million species of insects, of which fewer than one and a half million have been identified, described and named scientifically.|
The entomological fauna of Cyprus is adequately rich and for this reason various scientists have from time to time engaged in the study of a variety of insects belonging to various orders. Such scientists included H. Morris, George A. Mavromoustakis, who dealt with bees (Apoidea) and is considered to be the father of some bee species, and Th. Shakides.
Considering that the economy of Cyprus is to a large extend dependent on agriculture, it was natural that several scientists should give emphasis to insects harmful to agriculture. Mr. G.P. Georgiou, professor of entomology at the University of California, U.S.A., in his book "The Insects and Mites of Cyprus, 1977" has classified 2884 insects into various orders, the main ones being the following:
- Hymenoptera (696 - 24,1%)
- Coleoptera (638 - 22,1%)
- Diptera (415 - 14,4%)
- Hemiptera/Heteroptera (345 - 12,0%)
- Hemiptera/Omoptera (304 - 10,5%)
- Lemidoptera (293 - 10,2%)
Text: Dr Ioannis Melifronides, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.