Do you know what Tinkerbell and decimals have in common? Did you know that there is a fairyfly—nicknamed “Tinkerbell”—that is the world’s smallest insect?
Amazing But True
A fairyfly, or “Tinkerbell” as it has been nicknamed by scientists, is a member of the wasp family and the world’s smallest recorded insect. It makes sense that this insect would be best measured with decimals.
The average body length of the fairyfly is .0055''. Said another way, the body length is 55 ten-thousandths of an inch. Look at an inch on a ruler and think about how tiny 55 ten-thousandths of one would be. Wow! Decimals are a great way to show how tiny something can be.
See for yourself: http://youtu.be/I3ZbqgxcygQ
Check out the links below to learn more about the fairyfly.