Insects and arachnids are the most popular wild animal on Earth. Read our collection of articles discussing all sorts of ants, bugs, butterflies, spiders and just about every other type of insect and arachnid.
Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Horrifying, Dangerous, Really Cool
Synchronized Fireflies Perform a Light Show Like No Other
Unique Silk Physics Keeps Dangling Spiders From Twisting Wildly
Each Year Spiders Eat Millions of Tons of Food More Than Humans
Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 1, 2017
Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.
By Kate Kershner Jul 18, 2017
And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.
By John Donovan Jun 12, 2017
Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.
By Jesslyn Shields May 26, 2017
The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.
By Amanda Onion May 15, 2017
Could plastic-eating caterpillars help rid the planet of trillions of bags clogging landfills and other ecosystems? A chance scientific discovery may provide answers.
By John Perritano May 4, 2017
For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.
By Jesslyn Shields May 3, 2017
Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 22, 2017
Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 1, 2017
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?
By Sarah Gleim Feb 1, 2017
With the identification of nine intriguing new bee species, questions about survival in the desert abound.
By Jesslyn Shields Jan 4, 2017
And its special endowment is not the thing that intrigues scientists the most.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Oct 19, 2016
In a state already teeming with pythons, tourists and Jimmy Buffett singalongs, the flesh-eating screwworm makes Florida a little more menacing.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 18, 2016
Sharing's generally regarded as a desirable behavior among humans. But for some social spiders, it can be the death of them.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Sep 2, 2016
A solo male termite isn't long for this world, but a pair of them stands a much better chance. Once united, that pairing can become deadly for other male termites.
By Robert Lamb Aug 26, 2016
It could be the best weapon we have in the war against Zika, malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
By Robert Lamb Jul 31, 2016
A new study documents worldwide instances of arachnids turning to plants and vegetation for nutrition and sustenance.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 19, 2016
Live birth observed in the Borneostyrax cristatus is the first example of ovovivparity seen in one of the world's largest families of beetles.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 20, 2016
New research found that pesticide exposure from aerial spraying for mosquitoes increased the risk of autism by 25 percent. Should we stop aerial pesticide spraying?
By John Donovan May 13, 2016
Of course they do. You're an attractive person. But what is it about you specifically that draws them in for a tasty meal?
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 14, 2016
Researchers had to use special high-speed cameras recording at up to 40,000 fps to even witness the 'lightning speed' chelicerae jaw structures snapping shut.
By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 7, 2016
An oar-shaped protrusion of microscopic hairs on the legs of a grain-sized spider is bringing sexy back to the arachnid kingdom.
By Laurie L. Dove Feb 23, 2016
If people had exoskeletons and wings maybe they'd be around forever, too. Insects are born survivors because they have certain traits that other animals don't.
By Nicholas Gerbis
It's not to entertain the insect. Figuring out how mantises perceive the world could lead to tiny, energy-efficient robots with depth perception, too.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 19, 2016
The bright colors of this Malaysian spider, first described in 2009, earned it comparisons to the flamboyant styles of David Bowie.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 13, 2016
Illustrator Unearths a Forgotten 19th-century Albanian Alphabet
Flying, On-demand Taxis Are Taking Off
Lightning Deaths in the US Are Way, Way Down