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.

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Headhunter Ants Decorate Their Nests With Skulls

How do small headhunter ants decapitate larger, fiercer trap-jaw ants? And why do they do it?

Cockroaches Karate-Kick Wasps to Avoid Becoming Zombies

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.

Which Insect Inflicts the Most Painful Bite?

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?

Some Butterflies Hear Through Their Wings

Structures in some butterflies' wings are actually part of their ears.

Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.

Who Knew a Praying Mantis Could Learn?

For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.

Wasps Have an Image Problem, But Here's Why We Need Them

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.

How Beekeeping Works

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.

New Species of Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fossilized Fly Cocoons

The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.

Bees Are Smart But Don't Try Training Them at Home

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.

Parasitic Wasp Larvae Eat Host From Inside Out

Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.

Honey Bees Beard to Beat the Heat

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

African Ant GPS Finds Fastest Route Home

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

Toxic Caterpillars Invade London

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

Exploding Ants Kill With Toxic Goo

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

Scientists Closer to Developing a Bee-friendly Pesticide

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

Ants Rescue and Treat Wounded Comrades

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

Alarming Drop in Populations Has Scientists Warning of 'Insect Armageddon'

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

Do Flying Cockroaches Target Your Face, or Does It Just Feel That Way?

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.

Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Horrifying, Dangerous, Really Cool

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

Synchronized Fireflies Perform a Light Show Like No Other

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

Living Near the Equator Is Seriously Risky (For Caterpillars)

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

How the Ladybug Folds Its Giant Wings

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

Scientists Discover Caterpillar That Actually Eats Plastic

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

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Unwanted Male Advances

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


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