The Forgotten Era: When Bed Bugs Were Tested for Combat in Vietnam

In 2004, Brooke Borel got bed bugs in New York. Then she experienced them again in 2009—twice in two different apartments. Because of those experiences, which were part of a widespread bed bug resurgence in the US, Borel, a science journalist, decided to explore why the bugs were back. This excerpt is one of many… » 4/27/15 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies

Eating bugs is a great idea!” shout future-minded gourmets, the kinds of people who eat waxworm tacos willingly and feed bug cookies to their coworkers. But are insects like crickets and grasshoppers really the solution to our environmental and food-security woes? Well... maybe not. Not entirely, at least. … » 4/20/15 3:40pm 4/20/15 3:40pm

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

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