Insects and Arachnids

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.


You were a soldier ant. Each day you mostly did that job until one day a scientist came along, jabbed a needle into your brain and your behavior changed.

Publicity ploy or not, many surprising folks have insects named after them.

After years in decline, are monarch butterflies making a comeback?

One startup wants to install observation hives as a way to support bee colonies and spark conversation.

Alfalfa flowers will bop honeybees on the head if they try to get to their delicate parts.

A million spiders cooperating to spin a web the size of a parking lot? It’s not just a B-movie plot; it’s happening right now.

Self-healing materials sound pretty great, right? Writhing masses of fire ants could help us realize them.

Remember that scene from "Big Trouble in Little China" where that guy inflates like a balloon and then explodes everywhere? Turns out that happens in the real world, too.

Scientists wanted to figure out how desert ants found their way home without tree shadows to guide them. This is how they did it.

Slacker ants may not deserve their reputation.

Think spiders are terrifying? It turns out that spiders with a taste for human blood are actually our allies in the fight against malaria.

Scientists put the creepy crawlers' innate affinity for small, dark places to good use assisting in search-and-rescue missions.

Bugs can destroy crops and spread disease, but those little critters also pollinate our plants. These are just a few of the reasons they're important — and even cool! — to study.

Bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. What differentiates the two?

We think we know all about spiders — they spin webs to trap prey; if they bite you, you might die. And if you find one in your house, you should set it free. But what if all these beliefs are a web of lies?

Worried about creepy crawlies entering your mouth while you sleep? Relax -- spiders have no interest in being eaten.

Mating shouldn't be something you lose your head over, but tell that to the male praying mantis. This poor creature has long been the butt of countless procreation jokes, but does he even deserve this unfortunate reputation?

With its long legs and goofy way of motoring about, the daddy longlegs generally doesn't top lists of the scariest spiders. But should it? After all, if legends are to be believed, it's one of the most poisonous spiders of all.

It's good to be a little skeptical sometimes. Otherwise, we might believe the moon really is made of cheese or that the world is going to run out of bananas soon. So when people say female black widows eat their mates, we're not biting.

The world is split between people who eat protein-packed insects on purpose and those who accidentally snack on them along with their packaged foods. But let's be honest: Bugs are far from the worst thing you've eaten in the past week.

Spiders have been on Earth a whole lot longer than we have — 380 million years, to be precise — and number more than 38,000 separate species worldwide. Explore 10 of the most beautiful and scary of these arachnids.

Periodical Cicadas are pretty strange insects. They burrow in the earth for 17 years only to spend four weeks aboveground en masse before dying. Why do they do this – and do you really have to wait that long to see them?

You probably couldn't draw a mole cricket if someone asked you to, but you almost certainly could depict a ladybug. Or maybe you don't know as much as you think you do about this backyard beetle.

You'd like to try some backyard beekeeping and are trying to figure out how to select the right beekeeping supplies and equipment. In this article you will learn about how to select beekeeping supplies.

Since the black widow spider is one of the more (in)famous species of venomous spiders, it's important to know how to identify it so you can steer clear. This article shows you how to identify black widow spiders.