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.


Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.

African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.

Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.

So-called "exploding ants" protect their colony and its territory by rupturing their bodies and sending out a sticky stream of poisonous gel.

Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.

A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.

Insects are crucial to the functioning of every ecosystem on the planet. Now they're disappearing, and nobody's sure why.

It seems like flying cockroaches want to dive bomb your face. Are they aggressive? Defensive? Or maybe it's all just in your scared ape mind.

Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

It could be the best weapon we have in the war against Zika, malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Live birth observed in the Borneostyrax cristatus is the first example of ovovivparity seen in one of the world's largest families of beetles.

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?

Of course they do. You're an attractive person. But what is it about you specifically that draws them in for a tasty meal?

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.