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

If They Can't Move Their Abdomen, Mantises Can't Jump

This slow motion clip of a jumping praying mantis is by Gregory Sutton, one of the authors of a study on how these insects manage to precisely target and hit their jumps. They need to be able to move their abdomen, hind legs, and front legs. Just one immobilized, like in the clip, and things go wrong. » 3/06/15 12:30am 3/06/15 12:30am

We Fed Cookies Made Out Of Bugs To Our Coworkers. Here's What Happened.

You may feel squeamish about chomping down insects with their eyes, legs, and antennae still intact, but would you eat insects if they were disguised in butter and sugar-filled cookies? We baked chocolate chip cookies made from pulverized insects and brought them to our office where our brave coworkers tasted them. » 2/18/15 12:00pm 2/18/15 12:00pm

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

Insect Blood Can Tell Us How To Fight A Vulcan

When you swat an insect, do you see a fountain of red blood smeared on your hand? Not unless you've killed a full mosquito. Bug goo is generally green-blue, and that can tell us something about why fictional species might have green blood. » 1/23/15 1:30pm 1/23/15 1:30pm

Insects In New York City Eat An Astounding Amount of Our Food Waste

A new study examines how various insects act as tiny trash disposals in New York City's public spaces. Incredibly, these bugs eat thousands of kilograms of our waste each year. » 12/03/14 2:30pm 12/03/14 2:30pm

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

These Larvae Glow in the Dark, Then Eat You

Well, they'll only eat you if you're a tasty insect. A few years ago, wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer was traipsing about the Peruvian rainforest when he noticed some glowing green dots scattered in the dirt. He returned to investigate with some entomologists. » 11/18/14 9:30am 11/18/14 9:30am

Four Of The Most Destructive Farm Pests Are Actually One Species

A 5-year study conducted in 20 countries reveals that four different fruit flies — which cause incalculable damage to crops across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America — are, in fact, the same species. The discovery will not only ease trade restrictions, but aid global efforts to reduce the pest's… » 10/29/14 9:45am 10/29/14 9:45am

​Plants Know When They're Being Eaten Alive

When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers. » 10/20/14 1:40pm 10/20/14 1:40pm

Celebrate the Weekend with Beetle Sex

Really, would you spend your weekend any other way? Via the super talented and always awesome Alex Wild come these incredible photos of beetles in flagrante delicto. » 10/04/14 9:30am 10/04/14 9:30am

Thousands Of Wasps Take Over The Spare Bedroom In UK Home

An exterminator working in St. Cross, UK, recently had the unenviable tasks of removing a horrific wasp nest that had emerged on the bed of a spare bedroom. » 8/26/14 11:55am 8/26/14 11:55am

The Most Majestic Fairy Sculptures We've Seen Are Made Out Of Insects

Okay, the next filmmaker to develop a movie about fairies really needs to bring sculptor Cedric Laquieze on as a concept designer. He carefully arranges parts of various insects parts—as well as plants, feathers, and bones—into remarkable creatures that are beautifully strange. » 8/26/14 11:42am 8/26/14 11:42am

Massive Collection of Ancient Amber Finally Gives Up Its Secrets

In the late 1950s, an entomologist named Milton Sanderson collected some 160 pounds of 20 million year old amber in the Dominican Republic. Now, 50 years later, that amber is finally giving up its secrets, including a fascinating insect named for David Attenborough. » 7/31/14 4:50pm 7/31/14 4:50pm

High Levels of Insecticide Found in Iowa Streams

A study released today offers evidence that neonicotinoids, the same pesticides associated with honeybee deaths, are now flowing into our water supplies. Neonicotinoids are a kind of insecticide that some scientists say could be causing colony collapse disorder, which endangers bees and agricultural plants alike. » 7/25/14 3:47pm 7/25/14 3:47pm

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Found In China

No, this isn't a prop from a King Kong movie — it's a newly discovered member of the Megaloptera family that could very well be the largest aquatic insect in the world. » 7/22/14 1:25pm 7/22/14 1:25pm

Wasp Nest Fuses With Recliner To Become A Terrifying Throne Of Pain

Half-easy chair, half-yellow jacket nest, this mesmerizing recliner was discovered by a bee removal company the town of Hobe Sound, Florida. How long could you sit atop the Throne of Wasps? » 7/07/14 10:14am 7/07/14 10:14am

Real Life Mosquito Tornado Is Far More Terrifying Than Sharknado

While visiting Leziria Grande at Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal recently, photographer Ana Filipa Scarpa noticed something off in the distance that resembled a funnel cloud. But it wasn't a tornado, or even a funnel for that matter. Rather, it was something... alive. » 5/27/14 7:00am 5/27/14 7:00am

Ask An Entomologist Whatever You Want About Eating Bugs

Arnold van Huis is a tropical entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He's here today to answer our questions about edible insects and why you should probably consider eating a bug. » 5/21/14 8:30am 5/21/14 8:30am

Mosquito Researcher Offers Her Own Arm To Hungry Mosquitoes

When you've got a colony of mosquitoes in your lab, you've got to feed them...and that can become just a bit uncomfortable. » 5/20/14 8:30am 5/20/14 8:30am