Which insect lives the longest?
- Praying mantis
- African termite queen
Most insects live less than a year. This is generally attributed to their cold-blooded status, which prevents them from surviving the winter. An exception is the cicada, which can live for around 17 years. But there's another insect that beats out the amazing life cycle of a cicada. The African mound-building termite queen holds the title of longest average lifespan for an insect. The termite queen who makes her home deep inside the massive mounds that dot the African countryside can survive for 60 years or more, and they remain capable of laying eggs throughout that time. A termite queen can lay as many as 35,000 eggs per day. Source: Reference.com