Wildlife with the shortest lifespan
Luna moth -
Distributed across North America, the beautiful Luna moth graces the Earth for an average of just seven days.
Worker bee -
The industrious honey worker bee literally works itself to death, spending its short life of around 35 days flying to scout or collect nectar and pollen.
Ruby-throated hummingbird -
One of the shortest lifespans of any bird on the planet is that of the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Mosquitos are the deadliest animals in the world, killing an estimated 750,000 to one million humans annually.
A game bird found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia, buttonquails are not blessed with longevity.
Panther chameleon -
The panther chameleon, native to Madagascar, has an average lifespan of 12 months.
Houseflies have been on Earth for millions of years, in fact since the Cenozoic era. Yet the life expectancy of this pest species is just 15-25 days.
Spiny and cute, the hedgehog, found throughout parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and in New Zealand, can live up to three years, but half die in their first year.
Least weasel -
The least weasel's name is apt. This agile carnivore has a maximum two years' of life to claim its territory, reproduce, and keep rivals at bay.
Australian zebra finch -
This good-looking passerine makes the most of its two to five years, preferring to live out its relatively short life in the arid regions of Central Australia.
The much maligned pigeon can live up to five years, but its life is often cut short due to the precarious urban lifestyle it follows.
Powderpost beetle -
Powderpost beetle larvae spend months or years inside wood while developing, gorging on bark perhaps, or your favorite rocking chair.
Parasitoid wasp -
In its 72-hour lifespan, this insect species performs an invaluable service to farmers by attacking the egg, larva, and pupa of bugs that are harmful to crops.