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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Kids and Science Good for More than Just a Grade
Human-safe insecticide?
July 14th, 2014
A sixth-grade student’s science fair project led to the discovery that erythritol, a sugar alcohol in Truvia, may be a human-safe insecticide.
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New Stick Insect Species Discovered in China
New stick insect species.
June 3rd, 2014
A stick insect camouflaged in the forests of southern China got its cover blown last month by a flashlight-toting scientist who identified the critter as a new species.
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Termite Genome Reveals Secrets of Insect Sex and Society
termite castes.
May 20th, 2014
The newly sequenced termite genome reveals the secrets to their sexual reproduction and their highly ordered social structure.
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Creep Show: 410-Million-Year-Old Spider Walks Again
arachnid recreation using blender
July 9th, 2014
The gait of a 410-million-year-old precursor to spiders has been recreated based on fossilized specimens.
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The Fiercer Sex: Why Female Scorpions Sting More Quickly
bark scorpion
May 28th, 2014
Female scorpions are more aggressive because their extra weight makes it difficult to sprint quickly, new research suggests
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Chomping Invaders! Alien Trap-Jaw Ants Spread Along Gulf Coast
June 23rd, 2014
An aggressive type of trap-jaw ant with a mighty bite is gaining ground in the U.S. southeast, new research finds. The species, Odontomachus haematodus, is native to South America, but it seems to have spread recently along the Gulf Coast unnoticed.
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Handcuffs, Bear-Traps and Spikes Lift the Lid on Some Unique Insect Sexual Habits (Op-Ed)
Bushcricket sex, reproduction
May 28th, 2014
Handcuffs, spikes and traps – you would think they were part of some bondage aficionado’s bedroom collection. But what are they doing in the insect world?
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