Müncheberg/Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) - They crawl, fly, buzz - insects are the most species-rich class of animals. Since 1999 there has been an "Insect of the Year" for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The insect of the year 2023 will be announced in Müncheberg this Wednesday. The selection of the new insect of the year is made by a board of trustees made up of well-known entomologists and representatives of scientific institutions. The chairman of the board of trustees is Thomas Schmitt, director of the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute in Müncheberg. The campaign aims to draw attention to the benefits and threats to the species. Incidentally, insect of the year 2022 was the black-necked camel-necked fly.