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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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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.

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.

Lazy Ants May Be a Lot Like the Dude

Slacker ants may not deserve their reputation.

Spiders That Love Human Blood Are Our Friends

Think spiders are terrifying? It turns out that spiders with a taste for human blood are actually our allies in the fight against malaria.

Cyborg Cockroaches: Coming Soon to a Disaster Zone Near You

Scientists put the creepy crawlers' innate affinity for small, dark places to good use assisting in search-and-rescue missions.

Why do we study bugs?

Bugs can destroy crops and spread disease, but those little critters also pollinate our plants. These are just a few of the reasons they're important — and even cool! — to study.

How many bug species exist?

Bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. What differentiates the two?

Do female praying mantises decapitate their mates?

Mating shouldn't be something you lose your head over, but tell that to the male praying mantis. This poor creature has long been the butt of countless procreation jokes, but does he even deserve this unfortunate reputation?

How many bugs do I eat every year?

The world is split between people who eat protein-packed insects on purpose and those who accidentally snack on them along with their packaged foods. But let's be honest: Bugs are far from the worst thing you've eaten in the past week.

Why do 17-year cicadas come out more often than every 17 years?

Periodical Cicadas are pretty strange insects. They burrow in the earth for 17 years only to spend four weeks aboveground en masse before dying. Why do they do this – and do you really have to wait that long to see them?

4 Stages of a Ladybug's Life

You probably couldn't draw a mole cricket if someone asked you to, but you almost certainly could depict a ladybug. Or maybe you don't know as much as you think you do about this backyard beetle.

How to Select Beekeeping Supplies

You'd like to try some backyard beekeeping and are trying to figure out how to select the right beekeeping supplies and equipment. In this article you will learn about how to select beekeeping supplies.

How to Identify Carpenter Ants

You'd like to learn how to identify carpenter ants. Learn about how to identify carpenter ants in this article.

How to Catch a Lightning Bug

When you know how to catch a lightening bug you can create memories with your children that will last a lifetime. Learn about how to catch a lightening bug in this article.

How to Stop Black Flies from Biting

If those buzzing and biting black flies are preventing you from truly enjoying the great outdoors, you'll want to know how to stop black flies from biting. Read this article to learn how to stop black flies from biting.

How to Take Care of a Butterfly Cocoon

You love observing caterpillars become butterflies and want to know how to take care of a cocoon so that a butterfly will emerge. This article will tell you how to care for a butterfly cocoon.

10 Biggest Bugs on Earth

Want a good scare? Check out these pictures of the biggest bugs on our planet!

Why Does My Home Become Infested with Gnats in the Summer?

Why do my home and office seem to be infested with gnats in the summer? Where are they coming from?

Do Honeybees Hold the Secret for Faster Web Servers?

When bees are buzzing busily around a hive, it seems like absolute chaos. But there's a method to the madness: a dance called the waggle. And some scientists are applying the step to create faster Web servers. That's a solution as sweet as honey.

What are bedbugs?

With DDT on the no-no list and international travel more common than ever, the little parasites known as bedbugs are showing up in record numbers across the country.

How do honeybees make honey?

You know you love the taste of it, but do you know exactly how honeybees make honey? And what exactly is honey? Find out how bees make honey here.

Will a butterfly die if I touch its wings?

The world is a dangerous place for butterflies. Raindrops loom as big as bowling balls, and well-meaning fingers can threaten flight and life. What's a winged one to do?

How Colony Collapse Disorder Works

Wonder what would happen if everyone you knew disappeared? Don't call the authorities yet. A mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder affects beehives, causing some bee populations to vanish and possibly die.

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