Insect Archive
03 May 2012, 02:00 PM ET
Grasping antennae evolved in male water bugs to hold reluctant females
30 April 2012, 03:01 PM ET
The desire to be loud may responsible for a strange feature of tree crickets' mating calls.
27 April 2012, 01:51 PM ET
If the idea of eating red food dye made from bugs grosses you out, consider that if it doesn't come from a bug, it may come from something worse.
10 April 2012, 07:01 PM ET
Shedding skin can defend against parasites.
10 April 2012, 07:01 PM ET
A collection of creatures that shed their skins.
03 April 2012, 06:38 PM ET
From striking Monarchs to iridescent morpho butterflies, here's a look at some butterfly beauties.
29 March 2012, 06:22 PM ET
Fireflies use a chemical reaction to produce their familiar, summer night flicker.
08 March 2012, 10:18 AM ET
The nymphs of this insect are born bright green and are very active through the day.
03 February 2012, 12:49 PM ET
A fly that feeds on the blood of bats dates back to 20 at least million years ago.
01 February 2012, 10:53 AM ET
Researchers first scanned a live scorpion with a 3D laser scanner.
26 January 2012, 09:39 AM ET
More than half of the 19,232 species newly known to science were insects, according to the most recent compilation.
12 January 2012, 08:26 AM ET
The considerably larger hornets attack the bees and tear them apart in a few hours.
03 January 2012, 06:26 PM ET
Insects evolved super-sensitive hearing early, a new study finds.
22 December 2011, 10:46 AM ET
From wasps with reindeerlike antlers to an insect that resembles a cinnamon stick, these bugs are naturally decked out for the Christmas season.
06 December 2011, 10:11 AM ET
The little insect hadn't been seen in 55 years.
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.
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.