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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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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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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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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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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Meet Hades, the Centipede from Hell
The Hades centipede.
June 30th, 2015
Deep beneath the surface of the Earth, in a dank and dismal cave, lives Hades, the invertebrate king of hell.
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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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