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.
After years in decline, monarchs made a spectacular comeback in 2019. Why's that — and will it continue?
The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.
There's an old saying that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Scientists have now found out why sour tastes are so repellent to flies.
Bee vaccines might be key to our food security.
There are lots of theories. Maybe fluorescence helps them find each other in the dark?
Think a teeny tiny ant can't pack a punch? Think again. The Dracula ant can subdue its prey so fast, they never know it's coming.
How do small headhunter ants decapitate larger, fiercer trap-jaw ants? And why do they do it?
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.
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?
Structures in some butterflies' wings are actually part of their ears.
Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.
For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.
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.
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.
The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.
A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.
The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.
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.
Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.
Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.
The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.
African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.
Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.
So-called "exploding ants" protect their colony and its territory by rupturing their bodies and sending out a sticky stream of poisonous gel.
Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.