Insect Archive
13 November 2011, 07:15 PM ET
Like paying a prostitute with counterfeit bills, male nursery web spiders sometimes pay with worthless gifts that distract the female while they mate.
08 November 2011, 07:01 PM ET
The mite and its spider pal were locked together in Baltic amber.
04 November 2011, 03:18 PM ET
10 creepy-crawlies are out to snag the top spot.
03 November 2011, 02:59 PM ET
The candidates for the 2011 Ugly Bug Contest have been narrowed down to these 10 contenders.
27 October 2011, 02:47 PM ET
Lynn Kimsey, who discovered the new species known as the "warrior wasp," and several hundred others, answers the 10 ScienceLives questions.
06 October 2011, 12:30 PM ET
But do they "hold the door" for their dates?
28 September 2011, 01:00 PM ET
Fruit releases compounds that get male flies in the mood to copulate, so their lady friends lay eggs in hospitable rotting fruit.
27 September 2011, 07:01 PM ET
When male crickets offer large food gifts to their mates, females are more likely to seek mates out.
22 September 2011, 02:00 PM ET
Female beetles sleep around when they come from inbred populations, using their wily ways to use the best sperm from the best mates.
14 September 2011, 10:44 AM ET
A rare hybridization event between the Eastern tiger swallowtail and the Canadian tiger swallowtail gave rise to the ancestor that started the Appalachian tiger swallowtail lineage.
12 September 2011, 03:00 PM ET
Insect viruses first evolved around 310 million years ago — among the oldest age estimate for any virus group — and may have played a role in the diversification of their insect hosts.
18 August 2011, 11:53 AM ET
Photographer Miroslaw Swietek captures insects covered in early-morning dew.
17 August 2011, 06:04 PM ET
Photographer Miroslew Swietek's images of dew-covered insects in the early morning.
11 August 2011, 09:33 AM ET
When Benzinger Wines acquired their 85-acre vineyard, they used pesticides and pulled up weeds. But the soil – and the wine – lost its “oomph.” Switching to biodynamic growing practices has brought the land alive again.
13 July 2011, 01:17 PM ET
There are more than 2,000 species of treehoppers (Heteroptera, Membracidae), with various fascinating "helmets."
23 May 2011, 12:00 PM ET
Fungi, spiders and bugs also top the list.
23 May 2011, 12:00 PM ET
Leech, bacteria, spiders and bugs top the list.
20 May 2011, 01:08 PM ET
In a story of strange bedfellows, beetles bunk with frogs during the day, eat them at night.
19 May 2011, 12:28 PM ET
The Great Southern Brood of cicadas is emerging after 13 years. It's no mere coincidence that cicadas have life cycles that are prime numbers.
04 May 2011, 01:00 PM ET
Treehoppers evolved crazy head ornaments, called helmets, from wings.
28 April 2011, 07:21 PM ET
The rolling droid could perform search-and-rescue functions after natural disasters.
25 March 2011, 11:12 AM ET
Everybody has watched moths crash and burn into artificial lights, but no one knows for sure why they do it.
18 March 2011, 01:47 PM ET
Scientists have so far identified only an estimated 20 percent of animals.
14 March 2011, 05:04 PM ET
From roadkill to skunk, these plants use all kinds of smells to attract pollinators.
03 March 2011, 11:40 AM ET
Bats are locavores and seasonal eaters, study finds.
23 February 2011, 01:01 PM ET
A creature called a walking cactus may reveal the evolution of bugs and crustaceans.
08 February 2011, 02:32 PM ET
The brilliantly colored wings of tiny wasps and flies had gone unnoticed by scientists for decades.
13 January 2011, 12:45 AM ET
Seemingly drab wings sparkle with color in the right light.
18 November 2010, 07:13 AM ET
Bugs send vibrations along leaves and stems to communicate without attracting the attention of predators.
09 November 2010, 12:04 PM ET
Beetles clean their feet when things get slippery.
08 November 2010, 06:57 AM ET
A build-up of signaling chemicals triggers flytraps to snap shut.
05 November 2010, 05:01 AM ET
Two new insect pests settle in the U.S. each year
01 November 2010, 07:04 AM ET
When oxygen levels are high, roaches get smart about where they expend their energy.
26 October 2010, 01:15 PM ET
The bugs make like ensnared prey to catch snakes off-guard before stabbing them with their sharp mouthparts.
14 October 2010, 05:53 AM ET
Could provide clues to island's indigenous life.
11 October 2010, 01:26 PM ET
Snapdragons with stripes get most attention from bees.