A Quarter Of All Known Animals Are Beetles : Short Wave NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce had to know more when she recently heard this mind-bending fact for the first time: a quarter of all known animal species are beetles.

Turns out — it's not just that beetles are incredibly diverse. It's that they inspire a lot of passionate study within the scientific community. But there's at least one other animal that might give beetles a run for their money.

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This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

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This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

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There is a seemingly never-ending variety of beetles, about 400,000 known species! imv/Getty Images hide caption

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There is a seemingly never-ending variety of beetles, about 400,000 known species!

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NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce had to know more when she recently heard this mind-bending fact for the first time: a quarter of all known animal species are beetles.

Turns out — it's not just that beetles are incredibly diverse. It's that they inspire a lot of passionate study within the scientific community. But there's at least one other animal that might give beetles a run for their money.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, fact-checked by and edited by Viet Le.