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.
Insects are crucial to the functioning of every ecosystem on the planet. Now they're disappearing, and nobody's sure why.
By Jesslyn Shields Jan 4, 2018
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 26, 2017
Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 1, 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
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
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
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
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
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.
By Christian Sager Jan 7, 2016
After years in decline, are monarch butterflies making a comeback?
By Maria Trimarchi Dec 17, 2015
One startup wants to install observation hives as a way to support bee colonies and spark conversation.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 16, 2015
Alfalfa flowers will bop honeybees on the head if they try to get to their delicate parts.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Nov 11, 2015
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