Insects

8 Things the Exterminator Won’t Tell You for Free

Bugs got you down? No one wants to swat gnats away from their food or stomp roaches as they scurry across the floor, so it’s no wonder exterminators …

Hacking

Daily Inspiration — Spiders

- Advertisement -<p>Is the spider a monster in miniature?<br>His web is a cruel stair, to be sure,<br>Designed artfully, cunningly placed,<br>A delicate trap, …

Liberal View

Habitat loss leaving planet with mediocre ants, study finds

A global study has found land clearing and habitat loss is leaving the world with mediocre ants.<p>A team of 17 researchers led by Associate Professor …

Ecology

A Tiny Jumping Spider That Hunts and Devours Tadpoles Is Discovered by Scientists in India

Spiders eat a wide variety of animals, but scientists were shocked to discover a new, tiny spider that appears to hunt and devour tadpoles.<p>Field …

Biological Species

Tiny Spider Gobbles Tadpole in Never-Before-Seen Behavior

Forget meals of flies and gnats; those are for amateurs. One jumping spider in India is feasting on tadpoles instead.<p>For the first time, researchers …

Science

The Creepy Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies

The Ophiocordyceps fungus creates zombie ants by taking over the insect's brain and controlling its mind.<p>In case the world of insects didn’t freak …

Biology

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites

Spider mites are tiny sap-sucking pests infesting plants commonly grown in homes and gardens. Although they are arachnids, they are not exactly …

Gardening

These remarkably intricate insect models are crafted from bamboo

Noriyuki Saitoh creates these delightful life-sized insects from carved bamboo.<p>While the artist strictly measures the dimensions, he takes some …

It's Not Just A Bug, It's A Fine-Dining Feature At This Thailand Restaurant

In his tiny kitchen, chef Thitiwat Tantragarn throws a handful of raw bamboo caterpillars into a hot skillet and sautés them with olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Seconds later, the cream-colored larvae are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Tantragarn adds white wine, then …

News (U.S.)

New Species of Tarantula Discovered in South America is Beautiful Bright Blue and Lives in Strange Tree Holes

On an expedition to Guyana, scientists were excited to discover several new animal species, including a handful of beetles and butterflies. However, …

Amazing

They've Got Personality: Ant 'Superorganisms' Have Unique Temperaments

Individuality isn't just for individuals. Insect colonies, which function as so-called "superorganisms," appear to have personalities, scientists are …

Science

10 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Ants From Your Home & Garden

There’s nothing like walking into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary eyed and ready for your morning cup of coffee only to find that …

Home Decorating

For Fish Penises, Bigger Isn't Always Better

When it comes to reproduction, most fish are external fertilisers, crop dusting eggs in a cloud of sperm. But swordtails (<i>Xiphophorus</i>) aren't like …

Technology (Australia)

Eww! Zillions of 'filthy' insects trigger Calif. pool plague

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A month has passed since a swarm of insects bombarded the California desert and swimming pool owners still haven't been able to get rid of the unwanted guests that are costing them hundreds of dollars to cleanup.<p>Layers and layers of boatmen bugs, which pounded the desert Nov. …

News (U.S.)

Victoria's wet weather storm ideal for redback spider activity

Experts warn Victoria's wet summer is the ideal condition for spider activity, after a homeowner discovered eight deadly redbacks on their windowsill …

Weather

New study shows how ant colonies behave differently in different environments

A new paper published in <i>Behavioral Ecology</i> finds that some ant colonies defend more gallantly than others, revealing that colonies themselves may …

Research

The German Amateurs Who Discovered ‘Insect Armageddon’

KREFELD, Germany — In a nature preserve in western Germany, an elderly gentleman approached a tent-like structure that was in fact a large trap for flying insects. Peering through thick eyeglasses, the 75-year-old retired chemist checked the plastic bottle attached at the top, filled with alcohol …

World News

Beetles' bright colors used for camouflage instead of warning off predators

First study to examine beetle colouration in their natural habitat prompts discovery<p>Yale-NUS College Postdoctoral Fellow Eunice Tan has discovered …

Evolution

Can a Pink Toe Tarantula Make a Good Pet?

Tarantulas are not the best pets for everyone (especially if you have a fear of spiders) but for some people the quiet, ease of care, and unique …

Tiny peacock spiders make up for size in pizzazz. Males, like Maratus volans pictured here, are only...

Tiny peacock spiders make up for size in pizzazz. Males, like Maratus volans pictured here, are only about 5 mm long, but they’re famous for their …

Natural History

Chance record of an annual mass emergence of enigmatic mantis-flies

Being neither mantids nor flies, the peculiar mantis-flies are in fact predatory lacewings which use their mantis-like forelegs to catch prey. While …

All You Can Possibly Want to Know About Insect Sex

Insect sex is, for the most part, similar to other animal sex. For most insects, mating requires direct contact between a male and a female.<p>To learn …

Your Christmas Tree Could be Infested With Up to 25,000 Bugs

Including aphids, spiders, mites, adelgids, pine needle scale, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles.<p>A warning from pest control company Safer …

Christmas

This Weird, Spiky Caterpillar Is So Good at Imitating Ants That Even AI Can't Tell the Difference

When nature artist Franz Anthony found a caterpillar on a leaf rearing both of its ends up at him, he thought that it kind of looked two weaver ants. …

Caterpillars

One Control Unveils Revamped Honey Bee Overdrive

The new pedal was made in collaboration with with BJFe (Björn Juhl).<p>0<p>SHARES<p>One Control has announced the release of the revamped Honey Bee</b> …

Guitar

Diverse and complex male polymorphisms in Odontolabis stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae)

Article |<p>Open<p>Keita Matsumoto &<br>• Robert J. Knell<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>7</b>, Article number: 16733 (2017)<br>• doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17115-5<br>• Download Citation<p>Received:<p>…

Evolution

Pterosaur hatchlings needed their parents, trove of eggs reveals

The largest collection of fossilised pterosaur eggs ever found has shown that pterosaurs, the airborne cousins of dinosaurs, could not fly right away …

Dinosaurs

Say you’re a blotched blue-tongue skink (Tiliqua nigrolutea), and you want to scare a predator away. What to do? These lizards open their bright pink mouths wide, hiss, and stick out their big blue tongues in an impressive defensive display. This species, which is native to Australia, has also adapted to living in suburban backyards, where they help out by eating pests like snails and even rodents. Photo: JJ Harrison

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Natural History

Queensland's $400m fire ant extermination effort 'undermined by rainfall, manure'

The largest pest removal effort in Australian history is mismanaged, favours "not useful" technological solutions, and uses bait not suited to the …

Security

Bee-mimicking moth rediscovered after 130 years

A rare species of clearwing moth, that appears to mimic a bee, has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Malaysia after being ‘lost’ for 130 years. …

Nature