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 do things like sniff out certain smells is easy. The tricky part is training them to use the skills in the wild.

By John Donovan

Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.

By Jesslyn Shields

Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.

By Carrie Tatro

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African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.

By John Perritano

Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.

By Laurie L. Dove

Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Jesslyn Shields

A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.

By John Perritano

Insects are crucial to the functioning of every ecosystem on the planet. Now they're disappearing, and nobody's sure why.

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Kate Kershner

And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.

By John Donovan

Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.

By Jesslyn Shields

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The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.

By Amanda Onion

For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.

By Jesslyn Shields

Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.

By Jesslyn Shields

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?

By Sarah Gleim

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Lauren Vogelbaum

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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?

By John Donovan