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.
Like something out of a horror film, this parasitic worm invades a snail's eyestalks, where it pulsates to imitate a caterpillar, attracting the ultimate target, a bird.
By Mark Mancini
Estimating ant numbers and mass provides an important baseline from which to monitor ant populations amid worrying environmental changes.
By Mark Wong
The most iconic agricultural pest of the past 200 years just wants to eat your potato plant.
Although it looks like a tiny showgirl, the female Sabethes mosquito will still bite and could even give you yellow fever.
If you see a small hummingbird zip by your face, take a second look — what looks like a hummingbird may actually be a moth.
For decades scientists assumed these insects looked so much like orchids as a form of camouflage. But they were wrong. They look this way because they're deceptive predators.
Creating an insect hotel gives local bugs and pollinators a place to live and people of all ages a super cool garden project.
They love your lawn and, in 2021, they're everywhere. Here's what to do about armyworms and how to spot the little critters.
The invasive spotted lanternfly is spreading across the Eastern U.S. Here's what you need to know about this voracious pest.
Most of us think all bees live in colonies, or hives, but there are far more species that don't produce honey, don't sting and live mostly solitary lives underground.
While luna moths aren't exactly rare, they're hard to find so every encounter seems extra special.
The elephant hawk moth is breathtakingly beautiful as an adult, but as a baby ... not so much.
The deadly Asian giant hornet, the largest hornet in the world, was spotted in the U.S. for the first time in late 2019. You'll want to stay far away from this creature. Its nickname? The "murder hornet."
Mayflies have the shortest adult life span of any animal, but swarms of them can still be seen on weather radar.
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.
By Mark Mancini