Insects and arachnids are the most popular wild animal on Earth. Read our collection of articles discussing all sorts of ants, bugs, butterflies, spiders and just about every other type of insect and arachnid.
African Ant GPS Finds Fastest Route Home
Toxic Caterpillars Invade London
It's a Bird! It's a Spider! It's Pelican Spider!
She Mates, She Kills — and That's OK With Male Brown Widows
African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.
By John Perritano May 24, 2018
Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.
By Laurie L. Dove May 17, 2018
So-called "exploding ants" protect their colony and its territory by rupturing their bodies and sending out a sticky stream of poisonous gel.
By John Perritano Apr 27, 2018
Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 18, 2018
The pelican spider would just as soon eat another spider as look at one.
By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 16, 2018
Male brown widow spiders stubbornly court the oldest females they can find, though younger females are more fertile and far less dangerous.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 28, 2018
A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.
By John Perritano Feb 26, 2018
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
Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.
By Kate Kershner Jul 18, 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
Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 22, 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
Sharing's generally regarded as a desirable behavior among humans. But for some social spiders, it can be the death of them.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Sep 2, 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
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