When food starts running low in wasp larvae nurseries, the babies resort to cannibalism in order to survive.
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Crazy ant colonies in North America are being driven to extinction by a fungus that targets the invasive pest species.
Larval ant queen is covered in 'doorknob-like' lumps in the images. Scientists have no idea what all those "doorknob-like" lumps are for.
Invertebrate butts are both diverse and bizarre, and are being celebrated on Twitter in art, photos and video.
The pathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae doesn't just kill the flies it infects; it also turns males into sex-crazed necrophiliacs.
Asian honey bees rally against giant hornet invasions with an acoustic response that resembles the alarm shrieks of birds, primates and other social mammals.
These ghastly meals provide male butterflies with chemicals that they use to produce mating pheromones, which female butterflies find irresistible.
Meet "Attenborough's Beauty," an ancient beetle that was so exceptionally well-preserved you can still see the colorful patterns on its wing case.
This is the first time ever that an animal has been documented performing this bizarre trick. The researchers who discovered it think studying it could lead to advancements in robotics.
Video and computer modeling shows how fire ants create bridge extensions from their enormous rafts, made of tightly packed ants numbering in the tens of thousands.
The worker bees' ability to clone themselves can be as destabilizing to the hives of other species as it is to their own.
A number of now-emerging Brood X cicadas will fall victim to a zombifying fungus called Massospora cicadina.
Male parasitic wasps emerge from their hosts a few hours earlier than females, making the ability to sniff females out all the more important.
A two-pronged, pheromone-producing gland in female dragon mantises only pops up when they are ready to mate.
The researchers say that brain plasticity like this may not just be a trick of the ants. Other animals could do it too, and we may only just be noticing.