Two Invasive Termite Species Join Forces To Wreak Havoc In Florida

Two of the most destructive species of invasive termites are joining forces in Florida. By mating together, they're forming prolific hybrid colonies. Scientists are now worried about the potential damage these insects will inflict on Florida's dwellings. » 3/26/15 7:40am 3/26/15 7:40am

How The Great French Wine Blight Changed Grapes Forever

One hundred fifty years ago, the Great French Wine Blight nearly wiped out an industry that today produces some 40 billion bottles of wine a year. The only solution was a radical fusion of species that remains essential to the success of the wine market. Here's the story of how humanity hacked the wine grape. » 3/17/15 11:39am 3/17/15 11:39am

Cockroaches Have Personalities, Too

Unlike ants and termites, individual cockroaches exhibit dynamic character traits, such as bravery and sociability. This may explain why cockroaches are such excellent survivors, capable of adapting to inhospitable and often unpredictable environments. » 3/10/15 2:50pm 3/10/15 2:50pm

How To: Build A World-Class Insect-Photography Rig For Under $6,000

Six thousand bucks is a lot of money, but it's small change compared to the price of many professional camera kits. » 2/25/15 12:50pm 2/25/15 12:50pm

Researchers in London Are Using Lego Bricks On Its Bug Specimens

Insects are fragile, and scientists researching them have to be very careful with their specimens. Unfortunately, the devices out there are expensive and size-specific. So a group of entomologists have turned to that most customizable of materials to serve their needs: Legos. » 2/09/15 10:30pm 2/09/15 10:30pm

"A scorpion's anus is at the end of its tail. If the tail breaks off, the scorpion can never poo again." – Ed Yong, describing a newly documented case of autotomy (i.e. self-amputation) in scorpions. If talk of collateral anus amputation doesn't make you want to read about scorpion tails, what the hell are you even… » 1/30/15 4:40pm 1/30/15 4:40pm

10 Grossest Bug Parts, Ranked

All insects possess the same fundamental body plan: A head, a thorax, and an abdomen. It is a testament to nature's twisted creativity that some of the grossest body parts in the animal kingdom can be found bursting, curling, and wiggling from these segments. Here are the 10 most repulsive insect body parts of all. » 1/06/15 11:52am 1/06/15 11:52am

These Magnified Bug Parts Are Super Gross and You Should Look at Them

We try to be as accepting of weird bugs and their freaky body parts as possible around here, but a newly published study features pictures so vile, even people whose jobs revolve around insects think they're gross. So, naturally, we're going to show them to you. » 12/04/14 3:38pm 12/04/14 3:38pm

These Parasitic Wasps Trick Trees Into Building Them Weird Houses

Gall wasps belong to a family of insects that hoodwink oak trees into building a stunning array of structurally unique homes – called "galls" – for their parasitic larvae. » 11/19/14 1:40pm 11/19/14 1:40pm

What Do This Dragonfly's Prehensile Mouthparts Have To Do With Its Anus?

STOP LAUGHING THIS IS NOT A JOKE. This is a serious question about this larval dragonfly's grabby-grab face-appendage (technically, it's called a "labial mask") and its b-hole. And the answer is: "Way, way more than you think." » 11/13/14 4:40pm 11/13/14 4:40pm

If You've Never Seen An Insect Breathe, You Are Seriously Missing Out

Honestly, I'm not sure what to say except that YouTuber Precarious333's video of a Giant Texas Katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa) chirping, breathing, and grooming is way more captivating than I expected it to be. Full screen it, and crank it to the highest resolution your Internet connection can muster. You won't… » 11/07/14 12:30pm 11/07/14 12:30pm

This Spider Built Its Web Inside A Leaf

A Guide To The Ravenous Hellbeast That Is The Carnivorous Caterpillar

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood." So said Marie Curie, a brilliant scientist who had clearly never heard of the horrifying Hawaiian caterpillars that dine on living flesh. Here, we explore how evolution came to play this cruel joke on us all. » 10/24/14 11:00am 10/24/14 11:00am

No, A Spider Did Not Burrow Under A Man's Skin And Live There For Days

There's a story currently making the rounds about an Australian man who, upon returning from a trip to Bali, discovered that a spider burrowed under his skin and traveled up to his chest. Freaky? Yes, but it's also not plausible. » 10/16/14 2:10pm 10/16/14 2:10pm

What If Every Mosquito On Earth Went Extinct Tomorrow?

Mosquitoes don't have too many fans. Their bites are itchy, they spread disease, and their numbers swell rapidly. But just what would happen if we all woke up tomorrow in a world that was completely empty of mosquitoes? » 10/15/14 4:20pm 10/15/14 4:20pm

How Does A Spider Decide Where To Build Its Web?

Spider webs are a masterpiece of structural engineering. Whether you're looking at the strength, the architectural organization, or even the make-up of the webbing itself, it's hard not to be impressed by the construction abilities of spiders. But how do they decide where to build? » 10/07/14 4:20pm 10/07/14 4:20pm

Witness The Epic Battle Between A Tarantula And A Spider-Hunting Wasp

While we typically think of spiders as the ones eating insects, spider wasps (members of the family Pompilidae) prey on spiders. This video captures a showdown between a tarantula and one of these spider-hunting wasps. Who will survive? » 9/21/14 2:00pm 9/21/14 2:00pm

"Nightmarish" Cricket That Eats Anything Is Now Invading the US

A cricket with a voracious appetite for anything — including members of its own species — is now spreading across the eastern United States with no end to the invasion in sight. » 9/02/14 9:30am 9/02/14 9:30am