Latest Insects Stories
Desert daisy tricks male flies with sexy evolutionary deception
Save caterpillars by turning off your outdoor lights
This bumblebee-inspired bot can bounce back after injuring a wing
How can we control mosquitos? Deactivate their sperm.
Horny male fruit flies plunge into chaos when exposed to air pollution
Flies evolved before dinosaurs—and survived an apocalyptic world after the Permian extinction
Older bees teach younger bees the ‘waggle dance’
Butterfly-inspired ‘plasmonic paint’ could be brilliant for energy-efficient buildings
Like the first flying humans, honeybees use linear landmarks to navigate
Leaping robots take physics lessons from grasshoppers
A bug expert went shopping at Walmart—and made a historic insect discovery
Watch these tiny bugs catapult urine with their butts
These beetles sniff out fungus-infected trees to find their next target
Singapore’s new plan to fight mosquito-borne diseases: bug-infecting bacteria
Acrobatic beetle bots could inspire the latest ‘leap’ in agriculture
13 otherworldly photos that were actually taken on Earth
This robot gets its super smelling power from locust antennae
Bug brains are inspiring new collision avoidance systems for cars
Time passes faster for smaller, quicker animals
Silkworm-inspired weaving techniques can produce better nanofibers
Male wasps use their genital spines to sting frogs (and people)
Debunked: Vitamins and supplements won’t keep mosquitos from biting you
Eyeless army ants chomped their way through Europe millions of years ago
Flickering fireflies pulse to a beat that mathematicians have long been seeking
Lab-raised bees have half the lifespan they did in the ’70s
Scientists developed a microrobotic finger that can tickle a bug
Mother dung beetles are digging deeper nests to escape climate change
At long last, a homecoming for the Fender’s blue butterfly
Bees can sense a flower’s electric field—unless fertilizer messes with the buzz
One of nature’s tiniest acrobats inspired a leaping robot
Help monarch butterflies by safely adding milkweed to your outdoor spaces
A swarm of honeybees can have the same electrical charge as a storm cloud
The first honeybee vaccine could protect the entire hive, starting with the queen
An insect-eating fungus could help us fight viruses—and now we know how to grow it
Why the Endangered Species Act is often too little, too late
Termites work through wood faster when it’s hotter out
How many ants are there on Earth? Thousands of billions.
2022 Ig Nobel Prize winners include ducks in a row, constipated scorpions, ice cream, and more
Delhi’s mosquito problem is getting worse
Can a bold new plan to stop mosquitoes catch on?
How ants crawl on walls and defy gravity
New four-dose malaria vaccine is up to 80 percent effective
A pocketful of bacteria helps these beetles through their most dramatic life changes
Bees make more friends when they’re full of healthy gut bacteria
The monarch butterfly is scientifically endangered. So why isn’t it legally protected yet?
Do earwigs really live in our ears?
If insects feel pain, should we reconsider how we experiment on them?
How hungry, stingless wasps became USDA’s weapon of choice to save southern citrus trees
If you have a serious fear of bugs, a butterfly house might change your tune
These mosquito-borne viruses have a bizarre way of making you smell sweeter to their minions
When insects got wings, evolution really took off
The land of lost fireflies is probably a humble New Jersey bog
Macro portraits reveal the glamor and peril of endangered insects
Best insect repellents of 2023
Climate change-emboldened ticks are killing off moose in Maine
A close look at amber fossils that have stuck through the ages
The unbelievably gross things that we regularly eat by accident
The first US trial to release GMO mosquitoes just ended. Here’s how it went.
Do we still need to save the bees?
Build a garden that’ll have pollinators buzzin’
5 ways to keep bees buzzing that don’t require a hive
Monarch butterflies show hints of a comeback out West, but experts are cautious
Bees and butterflies have trouble smelling flowers in polluted air
The secret to healthy honey bees is hiding in Slovenia