Insects

While there are a million different types of insects, all have a hard exoskeleton which is segmented into three parts. In fact the word "insect" is derived from the Latin meaning segmented.

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What's the difference between moths and butterflies?

The difference between butterflies and moths is a lot like the difference between frogs and toads. There are some rules of thumb you can follow to tell them apart, but there are also exceptions to those rules. So how do you tell the difference?


Synchronized Fireflies Perform a Light Show Like No Other

And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.

Living Near the Equator Is Seriously Risky (For Caterpillars)

Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.

How the Ladybug Folds Its Giant Wings

The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.

Scientists Discover Caterpillar That Actually Eats Plastic

Could plastic-eating caterpillars help rid the planet of trillions of bags clogging landfills and other ecosystems? A chance scientific discovery may provide answers.

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Unwanted Male Advances

For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.

Teaching Bees to Play Ball Reveals Complex Learning Abilities

Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.

Is That a Cricket in Your Cocktail?

Eating bugs is gaining popularity in the West, but many are still put off simply because they're insects. Might bugs in cocktails make the idea a bit easier to swallow?

Newly Discovered Desert Bee Species Are Curiously Ant-like

With the identification of nine intriguing new bee species, questions about survival in the desert abound.

Newly Discovered Crane Fly Species: Tiny Wings, Double-barreled Penis

And its special endowment is not the thing that intrigues scientists the most.

Flesh-eating Screwworm Maggots Are Devouring Rare Tiny Florida Deer Alive

In a state already teeming with pythons, tourists and Jimmy Buffett singalongs, the flesh-eating screwworm makes Florida a little more menacing.