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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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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Speed Limits Could Save Rarest Dragonfly
A Hine's emerald dragonfly.
August 18th, 2014
Summer speed limits could reduce roadkill deaths for the rare Hine's emerald dragonfly, an endangered species.
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This Extreme Antarctic Insect Has the Tiniest Genome
Antarctic midge
August 12th, 2014
The tough little Antarctic midge has only 99 million base pairs in its genome, making it the owner of the smallest insect genome ever sequenced. The midge lacks repetitive DNA segments once called 'junk DNA,' perhaps because of its extreme lifestyle.
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Robot 'Army' Can Swarm into 3D Formations
A miniature robot army.
August 14th, 2014
Like an army of miniature robots with a highly effective drill sergeant, 1,024 coin-size machines can race into meticulous formation to create three-dimensional shapes.
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Can Ants Save the World from Climate Change?
Ants and sand
August 1st, 2014
Ants may be some of Earth's most powerful biological climate brokers, a provocative new study claims.
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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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City Spiders Are Bigger, More Fertile Than Country Cousins
Humped golden orb-weaving spider.
August 20th, 2014
Perhaps even creepier than spiders are city spiders. New research has found the humped golden orb-weaving spider grows larger and produces more eight-legged babies in urban areas.
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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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