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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Sticky Amber Preserved Dinosaur-Age Insects for Millions of Years
Mantis in amber
January 8th, 2016
During the age of the dinosaurs, three tiny mantises became engulfed in glops of sticky amber and stayed there, preserved, until researchers discovered the entombed critters millions of years later.
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20 Startling Facts About Insects
Miroslaw Swietek insect photography
August 29th, 2015
The most successful creatures on the planet, insects are a wild bunch. From six-legged critters with forehead eyes and breathing holes on their sides to a dragonfly with a 2.5-foot wingspan, here are some of the most amazing and wacky insect facts.
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Hundreds of Tiny Bugs Are Probably Hiding in Your Home
January 19th, 2016
You are likely sharing your home with hundreds of unseen arthropods — tiny accidental "squatters" that aren't pests at all.
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Walking Dead: How Wasp Overlords Control Spider Zombies
The larva kills the host spider.
August 5th, 2015
Wasps can do a lot more than ruin a summer picnic.
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Insect Parts and Mouse Poop: Gross Things in Your Food
A woman tastes food at a restaurant and finds it gross.
June 8th, 2015
The FDA reassures people that the allowable defects in the U.S. food supply "present no health hazards for humans." But these defects still seem pretty gross.
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Photos: 15 Insects and Spiders That May Share Your Home
Carpet beetle, indoor arthropods
January 19th, 2016
A great variety of multi-legged creatures share our homes, and many of them aren't pests at all.
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Oh Snap: Trap-Jaw Ants Jump with Their Legs, Too
December 1st, 2015
Scientists recently discovered a trap-jaw ant species that leaps with its legs, a behavior that is extremely rare in ants and previously unknown in the trap-jaw family.
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Bug Bots! These Insect-Inspired Robots Can Jump on Water
Water Strider-Inspired Robot
August 3rd, 2015
Swarms of robots inspired by water-hopping insects could one day be used for surveillance, search-and-rescue missions and environmental monitoring, researchers say.
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