Insects

While there are a million different types of insects, all have a hard exoskeleton which is segmented into three parts. In fact the word "insect" is derived from the Latin meaning segmented.

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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.

By Alia Hoyt

Bee vaccines might be key to our food security.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

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How do small headhunter ants decapitate larger, fiercer trap-jaw ants? And why do they do it?

By Loraine Fick

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.

By Nathan Chandler

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?

By Jesslyn Shields

Structures in some butterflies' wings are actually part of their ears.

By Jesslyn Shields

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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.

By John Perritano

For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Dave Roos

The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.

By Mark Mancini

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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

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

By John Perritano

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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

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

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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

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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