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.
6 Facts About How Bees Learn, Think and Make Decisions
Do These Nightmare Parasites Hack Snail Brains to Survive?
Earth's 20 Quadrillion Ants Outweigh All Wild Birds and Mammals, Combined
9 Biggest Spiders in the World: A Journey into the Gigantic
The Invasive Joro Spider Is Getting Cozy in the U.S.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a ... Flying Spider?
Bees can learn, make decisions and have a sense of smell 100 times more sensitive than ours. And most don't live in hives. Here are some cool facts about bees.
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.
While they may incite fear due to their impressive dimensions, these spiders play crucial roles in their ecosystems and have become subjects of significant scientific interest and study.
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.
Native to East Asia, the Joro spider has adapted to life in the southern U.S. and, as far as we know, is a beneficial addition to the ecosystem.
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.
Spiders don't have wings, so technically can't fly. But some arachnids can soar through the air with the greatest of ease.
By Mark Mancini
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.
That's right – daddy longlegs isn't an actual kind of spider, but a colloquial name that's been applied to a wide range of spiders and non-spiders, insects and non-insects.
By Mark Mancini
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.