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

Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus

Every day we get more proof that wasps are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Not only do they mind-control caterpillars and inject them with their wasp babies, they also managed to enslave a virus to do their dirty work for them. » 9/21/14 8:00am 9/21/14 8:00am

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

Here's something you don't see every day: A glimpse at the internal structure of a rather large (and rather occupied) wasp nest. Put down the flamethrower and check it out. Trust us on this one, you'll want to see this. » 9/13/14 10:00am 9/13/14 10:00am

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

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

Why Are These Wasps Stockpiling Ant Corpses in Their Nests?

A group of researchers made a macabre discovery when they discovered a new species of wasp in China's Gutianshan National Nature Reserve. These wasps lay their eggs in nests that are stuffed with the corpses of freshly-killed ants. As if wasps weren't creepy enough. » 7/02/14 3:30pm 7/02/14 3:30pm

Close-Up Bee Portraits Are A Glimpse Into A Gorgeously Weird World

It's not very often that you get a chance to take a very, very close look at a bee. But these gorgeous macro pictures of bees, wasps, and more show us just how much we've been missing out on. » 6/20/14 9:45am 6/20/14 9:45am

The Great Schism Among Biologists About The Nature Of Spite

Spite is an ever-present fact of life among humans — especially in the internet age. But is it purely a human emotion? Many biologists argue that animals feel spite as well — but they disagree about just how spiteful most creatures are. » 5/05/14 2:20pm 5/05/14 2:20pm

A Scientist Who Writes Comics About the Secrets of Insect Life

Centuries ago, scientists relied on paintings and illustrations of animals to learn more about their anatomy. Today, that biology-art bond is as strong as ever. This is Carly Tribull, a PhD student studying the evolution of parasitic wasps, who uses her scientific knowledge and artistic talent to create fun… » 1/30/14 6:00pm 1/30/14 6:00pm

This horrific 22-foot wasp nest was found inside an abandoned house

Police in the Spanish city of San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a 22-foot-long wasp nest. » 4/12/13 4:40pm 4/12/13 4:40pm

A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110…

Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed… » 10/09/12 11:15am 10/09/12 11:15am

Which pop icon do you think this newly discovered parasitic wasp was…

Somebody at the University of Thailand must have a rather cynical impression of pop's leading diva. Behold the recently discovered parasitoid wasp, Aleiodes gaga, named in honor of Lady Gaga. As to why the researchers chose to "honor" Lady Gaga in this way is not entirely clear (they're likely seeking attention — in… » 9/17/12 7:00am 9/17/12 7:00am

These Amazonian ants build one of the freakiest deathtraps in the…

The Amazonian tree known Hirtella physophora looks rather unassuming, but it is the site of several grisly spectacles. Amid its leaves and branches, an animal, a plant and a fungus conspire to create a nightmarish trap where trespassers become meals, robbers get the death penalty, and assassins are assassinated. » 5/03/12 8:00am 5/03/12 8:00am

This giant wasp may use these horrific jaws for sex

Behold a creature whose bedroom play may be straight out of the most mind-warping Brueghel painting. Meet a male Megalara garuda, which belongs to both a newly identified species and genus of Indonesian digger wasp. » 3/23/12 2:05pm 3/23/12 2:05pm

Watch 30 giant hornets take out 30,000 honey bees


This morning's most fearsome monster doesn't come the imagination of a writer or artist. It comes from Japan, home of Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, and the most frightening creature of them all: the Japanese Giant Hornet. Watch a nest of honey bees make their last stand against just 30 of these vicious intruders. » 1/14/12 9:30am 1/14/12 9:30am

Everything you always wanted to know about the social behavior of wasps

Wasps are among the most fascinating creatures in the insect world. Their nests are incredible architectural achievements, which they often make by manufacturing their own paper out of leaves. Many of them live in vast hives, sometimes with multiple queens, while others are loner parasites who implant their eggs… » 1/04/12 2:58pm 1/04/12 2:58pm

Paper wasps can recognize each other's faces at a glance

In terms of popularity, wasps sit somewhere between house centipedes and mosquitos in regards to universal desire for their demise — so the prospect that they can identify faces is pretty horrifying. According to new research, certain species of wasp can tell one another apart based on faces, which only convinces me… » 12/01/11 1:20pm 12/01/11 1:20pm

After 150 different insect stings, this entomologist became a…

If you spend your life studying insects of the order hymenoptera, which includes wasps, bees and ants, you're going to get stung a few times. Justin Schmidt, entomologist at the University of Arizona, never intentionally set out to get stung by as many different species as possible, but entomologist fieldwork… » 8/31/11 8:00am 8/31/11 8:00am

Meet Indonesia's H.R. Giger-like warrior wasp

If someone had made a horror movie about alien wasps and hired H. R. Giger to do the designs, the resulting monsters might have looked something like this. But this "warrior wasp" is real: it lives on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and it is 4 centimetres long. » 8/28/11 11:50am 8/28/11 11:50am

How wasps produce their own antibiotics


We already know wasps are evil incarnate, but according to new research, they may yet have some redeeming features. Female beewolf digger wasps have colonies of symbiotic bacteria that inhabit their antennae and the wasps secrete this bacterial cocktail into the cocoons of their offspring. The bacteria create a… » 4/15/11 10:43am 4/15/11 10:43am