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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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Teaching Bees to Play Ball Reveals Complex Learning Abilities

Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.

Is That a Cricket in Your Cocktail?

Eating bugs is gaining popularity in the West, but many are still put off simply because they're insects. Might bugs in cocktails make the idea a bit easier to swallow?

Newly Discovered Desert Bee Species Are Curiously Ant-like

With the identification of nine intriguing new bee species, questions about survival in the desert abound.

Newly Discovered Crane Fly Species: Tiny Wings, Double-barreled Penis

And its special endowment is not the thing that intrigues scientists the most.

Flesh-eating Screwworm Maggots Are Devouring Rare Tiny Florida Deer Alive

In a state already teeming with pythons, tourists and Jimmy Buffett singalongs, the flesh-eating screwworm makes Florida a little more menacing.

Spiders May Go Extinct From Oversharing

Sharing's generally regarded as a desirable behavior among humans. But for some social spiders, it can be the death of them.

Gay Termites Plot the Death of Kings

A solo male termite isn't long for this world, but a pair of them stands a much better chance. Once united, that pairing can become deadly for other male termites.

Welcome to the Mosquito Factory

It could be the best weapon we have in the war against Zika, malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Sometimes Spiders Go Vegetarian, Scientists Find

A new study documents worldwide instances of arachnids turning to plants and vegetation for nutrition and sustenance.

Beetle That Gives Birth to Live Young Discovered in Borneo, Your Nightmares

Live birth observed in the Borneostyrax cristatus is the first example of ovovivparity seen in one of the world's largest families of beetles.

On the One Hand, Fewer Mosquitoes; On the Other, Increased Autism

New research found that pesticide exposure from aerial spraying for mosquitoes increased the risk of autism by 25 percent. Should we stop aerial pesticide spraying?

Mosquitoes Like You Best. Why Is That?

Of course they do. You're an attractive person. But what is it about you specifically that draws them in for a tasty meal?

Newly Discovered Trap-Jaw Spider Captures Prey With Astonishing Speed

Researchers had to use special high-speed cameras recording at up to 40,000 fps to even witness the 'lightning speed' chelicerae jaw structures snapping shut.

Tiny Spider Lover Waves Hello When He Wants to Mate

An oar-shaped protrusion of microscopic hairs on the legs of a grain-sized spider is bringing sexy back to the arachnid kingdom.

10 Traits That Make Insects Survivors

If people had exoskeletons and wings maybe they'd be around forever, too. Insects are born survivors because they have certain traits that other animals don't.

Why Scientists Put Tiny 3-D Glasses on a Praying Mantis

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 Spider Named After David Bowie (And It's From Malaysia, Not Mars)

The bright colors of this Malaysian spider, first described in 2009, earned it comparisons to the flamboyant styles of David Bowie.

Is This How Ant-Man Controls His Ants?

You were a soldier ant. Each day you mostly did that job until one day a scientist came along, jabbed a needle into your brain and your behavior changed.

Shakira's Moves, David Bowie's Haircut Inspire Insect Names

Publicity ploy or not, many surprising folks have insects named after them.

You Should Probably Start Keeping Live Bees as Artwork

One startup wants to install observation hives as a way to support bee colonies and spark conversation.

Alfalfa: How the Plant World’s Little Bunny Foo Foo Bops Bees

Alfalfa flowers will bop honeybees on the head if they try to get to their delicate parts.

The Four Most Terrifying Words: Enormous Communal Spider Webs

A million spiders cooperating to spin a web the size of a parking lot? It’s not just a B-movie plot; it’s happening right now.

Our Future Could Be Built on Ants

Self-healing materials sound pretty great, right? Writhing masses of fire ants could help us realize them.

'Monster Science' Takes on Exploding Termites in Little China

Remember that scene from "Big Trouble in Little China" where that guy inflates like a balloon and then explodes everywhere? Turns out that happens in the real world, too.

Tiny Stilts for Some Ants, Amputated Legs for Others. Here's Why.

Scientists wanted to figure out how desert ants found their way home without tree shadows to guide them. This is how they did it.

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