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.
How Beekeeping Works
New Species of Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fossilized Fly Cocoons
Several New Species of Tarantula Found High in the Andes
New Tick Species Appears in U.S. for First Time in 50 Years
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.
By Dave Roos
The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.
By Mark Mancini Sep 10, 2018
A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.
By Mark Mancini Sep 6, 2018
The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.
By Mark Mancini Aug 14, 2018
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.
By John Donovan Jul 20, 2018
Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 17, 2018
Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.
By Carrie Tatro Jul 11, 2018
The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.
By Robert Lamb Jun 21, 2018
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
Why Is Lobster So Expensive — and Will it Stay That Way?
FEMA Will Be Sending Americans with Cell Phones 'Presidential Alert' on Oct. 3
An Aspirin a Day Could be Harmful for Healthy Seniors