Alex Webb

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How Insects Attract a Mate

If you've spent any time watching insects, you've probably stumbled on a pair of lady beetles or flies joined together in the throes of love. When …

How Insects Fly

Insect flight remained something of a mystery to scientists until recently. The small size of insects, coupled with their high wing-beat frequency, …

How to Identify a Bug or Insect

01<p>of 10<p>Is It An Insect?<p>When you encounter a new insect in your backyard, you want to know what it’s likely to do while it’s there. Is it going to eat …

A Beautiful Collection of Insects

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is program run by biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland. Part of their work is to develop identification tools and keys for native bee species by creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects …

Why Do Insects Have Gay Sex?

A new study suggests that the reason same-sex copulation is so prevalent among insects—up to 85 percent of male bugs bone other males—might just be that they are super horny and can't be bothered to spend the time or energy to discern the sex of their...<p><i>Photo by Vvillamon, via Flickr</i><p>For centuries …

Sexuality

Learn About the Types of Insect Metamorphosis

01<p>of 04<p>What is Metamorphosis?<p>With a few odd exceptions, all insect life begins as an egg. After leaving the egg, an insect must grow and transform …

Sex on Six Legs: What Insects Teach Us about Ourselves

If you’ve ever walked a city block with a field naturalist, you know that on every square inch of surface, entire microcosms oscillate between vibrant life and violent death. And if you’ve ever seen Isabella Rossellini’s wonderfully entertaining and educational <i>Green Porno</i>, you know that those …

Which Insect Has the Most Toxic Venom?

Question: Which Insect Has the Most Toxic Venom?<p>Hopefully, in your lifetime you will never experience the painful sting of a bee, be swarmed by …

Specially Bred Insects Help Everglades Fight Old World Climbing Fern

A growing arsenal of chemicals and insects is taking aim at invading weeds threatening to overwhelm the northern reaches of the Everglades.<p>About $18 million a year is already spent combating exotic plants that if left unchecked would smother South Florida natural areas that provide wildlife habitat.<p>…

INSECTS In Your Face: Photography by Shikhei Goh

View Gallery<p>Yes, these live on planet Earth. And yes, they can see you. Sometimes, the things that live amongst us are just plain art, and Shikhei …

Climate Change Could Force Maryland State Insect to Move North

Climate change, destruction of wetlands and other factors are all leading to a decline in the Baltimore Checkerspots butterfly, the state insect.<p><b>By</b> …

Color Diagrams of Insect Organs and Internal Structures

Have you ever wondered what an insect looks like inside? Or whether an insect has a heart or a brain?<p>The insect body is a lesson in simplicity. A …

Teensy Planthopper Insect With A Fuzzy Little Ass

He looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss story, doesn't he? Well he's not, he's a previously undescribed species of planthopper …

How a Poorly Camouflaged Insect Reshapes Its Ecosystem

For an insect trying to avoid becoming dinner, the consequences of bad camouflage are clear. What's less obvious is how the effects then ripple like …

The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

<b>Listen · 4:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in …