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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6 Facts About How Bees Learn, Think and Make Decisions
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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?
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Mayflies have the shortest adult life span of any animal, but swarms of them can still be seen on weather radar.
Work by volunteers and nonprofit organizations, such as butterfly waystations and increased education efforts, has turned around long-term population decline for some butterfly species.
Fruit flies are annoying, but we also owe them a huge debt of scientific gratitude.
Locusts are just mild-mannered grasshoppers until they swarm up and become monstrous. In parts of the world, locust plagues are becoming a way of life.
If you've never seen a botfly, it looks rather harmless — like a basic bumblebee even. Until it lays its eggs inside a living host, and that's when things get really gross.
By Mark Mancini
Dragonflies are fast, powerful and unbelievably aggressive, using a rudimentary form of 'trigonometry' to calculate distance and move in for the kill.
It's a battle of the buzzing insects. We're talking hornets vs. wasps. How do these two differ and which one has the worst sting?
Just like bees, wasps are pollinators that are also endangered. But you rarely hear anyone pleading to save wasps. A study finds out why wasps are despised by the public and researchers alike.
By Dave Roos
Ninety percent of brown recluse bites don't have any effect at all — but the mythology around these creatures and their bites is legendary.
These arachnids are aggressive, unbelievably fast and love to murder ants for no reason, but don't worry — they're harmless.
The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.
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.
By John Donovan