Insects and Arachnids

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.


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.

Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.

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.

Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.

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.

Sharing's generally regarded as a desirable behavior among humans. But for some social spiders, it can be the death of them.

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.

A new study documents worldwide instances of arachnids turning to plants and vegetation for nutrition and sustenance.

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?

Researchers had to use special high-speed cameras recording at up to 40,000 fps to even witness the 'lightning speed' chelicerae jaw structures snapping shut.

An oar-shaped protrusion of microscopic hairs on the legs of a grain-sized spider is bringing sexy back to the arachnid kingdom.

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.

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.