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.
Work by volunteers and nonprofit organizations, such as butterfly waystations and increased education efforts, has turned around long-term population decline for some butterfly species.
Fruit flies are annoying, but we also owe them a huge debt of scientific gratitude.
Locusts are just mild-mannered grasshoppers until they swarm up and become monstrous. In parts of the world, locust plagues are becoming a way of life.
If you've never seen a botfly, it looks rather harmless — like a basic bumblebee even. Until it lays its eggs inside a living host, and that's when things get really gross.
Dragonflies are fast, powerful and unbelievably aggressive, using a rudimentary form of 'trigonometry' to calculate distance and move in for the kill.
They both sting painfully and hate to be disturbed. But is one more aggressive than the other?
The sting of a tarantula hawk is so painful you are advised to lie on the ground as soon as you're stung to avoid falling.
Black soldier fly larvae will eat almost anything and they taste pretty good themselves, too.
These nasty pests are developing cross-resistance to multiple classes of insecticides.
Just like bees, wasps are pollinators that are also endangered. But you rarely hear anyone pleading to save wasps. A new study finds out why wasps are despised by the public and researchers alike.
These nasty little bugs have been reported in 28 U.S. states and can cause an illness called Chagas disease.
After years in decline, monarchs made a spectacular comeback in 2019. Why's that — and will it continue?
The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.
There's an old saying that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Scientists have now found out why sour tastes are so repellent to flies.
Bee vaccines might be key to our food security.
Think a teeny tiny ant can't pack a punch? Think again. The Dracula ant can subdue its prey so fast, they never know it's coming.
How do small headhunter ants decapitate larger, fiercer trap-jaw ants? And why do they do it?
The American cockroach places a well-aimed karate kick to keep the jewel wasp from turning it into a zombified husk of wasp chow. That's what a new study found anyway.
Justin O. Schmidt studies insect venom and has a rating system for the relative agony inflicted by the world's most painful stings. Which is the worst?
Structures in some butterflies' wings are actually part of their ears.
Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.
For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.
Beekeeping, when you get down to it, is the art and science of removing honey from hardworking bees without them missing it. But beekeeping is about so much more than just the honey.
The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.
Teaching bees to do things like sniff out certain smells is easy. The tricky part is training them to use the skills in the wild.
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