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.

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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.

Several New Species of Tarantula Found High in the Andes

A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.

New Tick Species Appears in U.S. for First Time in 50 Years

The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.

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.

Chippy, Sniggy and Tiggy: Cutest Goblin Spiders Ever?

The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.

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.

It's a Bird! It's a Spider! It's Pelican Spider!

The pelican spider would just as soon eat another spider as look at one.

She Mates, She Kills — and That's OK With Male Brown Widows

Male brown widow spiders stubbornly court the oldest females they can find, though younger females are more fertile and far less dangerous.

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.

Unique Silk Physics Keeps Dangling Spiders From Twisting Wildly

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


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