Insect

Find out everything there is to know about insects and stay updated on the latest insect research with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and insect pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating species as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about insects.
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Why Black Widow Spider Venom Is So Potent
A female black widow spider, spiders, spider bites, venom
January 6th, 2015
Black widow spiders have rapidly evolved super lethal venom, such that the spiders are now building stronger webs to handle ever-bigger prey.
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In Defense of the Stink Bug (Op-Ed)
stink bug, steampunk, insects
November 19th, 2014
Stink bug. As names go it is a PR disaster, each of the words alone hardly endearing, and wholly off-putting together. Which is a shame because stink bugs have a perky charm, a distinctive style and, for an insect, a surprising concern for their offspring
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No More Lions and Mammoths: Real Explorers Eat Bugs
fried tarantulas
March 19th, 2015
Fried tarantulas, baked cockroaches and grasshopper kabobs are on the menu for the Explorers Club annual dinner this weekend.
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Two 'Pseudoscorpions' Discovered in Grand Canyon Cave
pseudoscorpion
December 10th, 2014
Two new species of pseudoscorpions has been discovered in a pitch-black Grand Canyon cave.
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Insect Family Tree Maps 400-Million-Year Evolution
Green lacewing.
November 6th, 2014
Over 400 million years of evolution have contributed to making insects the most diverse group of animals in the world, a new study finds.
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Bugs as Treatment: Coming to a Clinic Near You... (Op-Ed)
treatments, alternative treatments, bugs, insects, parasites
October 18th, 2014
When you’re sick, you want the most effective treatment to help get you back on your feet. But what if that involved bugs?
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Off with Their Heads! Tiny Flies Decapitate Ants for Dinner
Fly decapitates ant
January 7th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a group of female phorid flies that bite off ant heads and then haul them away for dinner.
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Animal Sex: How Dung Beetles Do It
Dung Beetles
November 30th, 2014
Dung beetle sex involves short breeding periods, intense competition and, of course, poo.
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In Images: The Insect Family Tree
The greenhouse camel cricket.
November 6th, 2014
With over 400 million years of evolution under their belts, it's no wonder that insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth.
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