Insect Genomes Sequenced, By Year

In the course of assembling an insect genetics lecture for the “Insects & People” class I needed, but could not find, a graph showing the number of insect genomes sequenced by year. So I made one myself:

Data are adapted from Wikipedia. The 2007 spike is a spate of Drosophila genomes intended for comparison with the genetics model workhorse D. melanogaster, while the 2011 peak is due, in part, to all the new ant genomes.

I do apologize for the extra slow blogging of late. I’ve been positively slammed.

*update: and this will look positively pathetic once the i5K genomes start rolling in.

6 thoughts on “Insect Genomes Sequenced, By Year”

    1. The next genomes- after the first fruit fly- were economically and medically important species: Malaria & yellow fever mosquitos, silkworm, and honey bee.

      The next wave were insects of more basic biological interest: many more Drosophila to provide insight on speciation & evolution, social insects to answer questions about social evolution, etc.

  1. LOL Looks positively pathetic RIGHT NOW without ANY other consideration. Especially in light of the fact that nearly all are unreplicated grab samples. But considering that we must start someplace, it’s great !!

    Faster please !!! Only a couple of million more species plus population replicates to go. I am sure we will finish real soon now.

      1. I really don’t blame you. The more I learn, the less I know. Of course, with all this global warming causing smaller brains, this is not surprising. ROFL

        Seriously, I am always staggered at the complexity of genetic sequences, somatic variability, protein combinant pathways, epigenetics, etc. Faster please !!

  2. Dear Alex,

    if you need a list of all sequenced insects (genome assemblies publically available) just go to This database is available since years and provides access and metadata to all sequenced eukaryotes. Select from the search modules whatever filter you want to apply (e.g. “insects”) and you will get the list of species including information like sequencing method, publications, links to sequencing centers, taxonomy, etc., and you can also click on the “Sequencing Stats” result tab to get graphs in any format showing e.g. #species sequenced per year, sequencing methods, genomes complete, GC content in relation to genome size, etc. Your graph is not really correct as your list probably refers to “insect genomes published per year”, as the genomes have been sequenced and were made available years before.

    Best regards

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