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.
Flying Ants Aren't a Separate Species, But a Life Stage
6 Facts About How Bees Learn, Think and Make Decisions
Do These Nightmare Parasites Hack Snail Brains to Survive?
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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Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.
A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.
By Mark Mancini
The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.
By Mark Mancini
Male brown widow spiders stubbornly court the oldest females they can find, though younger females are more fertile and far less dangerous.
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.
Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.
Part of the fun is trying to finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing site in late spring.
By John Donovan
For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.
Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.
And its special endowment is not the thing that intrigues scientists the most.
In a state already teeming with pythons, tourists and Jimmy Buffett singalongs, the flesh-eating screwworm makes Florida a little more menacing.
An oar-shaped protrusion of microscopic hairs on the legs of a grain-sized spider is bringing sexy back to the arachnid kingdom.
It's not to entertain the insect. Figuring out how mantises perceive the world could lead to tiny, energy-efficient robots with depth perception, too.
The bright colors of this Malaysian spider, first described in 2009, earned it comparisons to the flamboyant styles of David Bowie.
Scientists wanted to figure out how desert ants found their way home without tree shadows to guide them. This is how they did it.