Locusts are described by their two dramatically different behavior patterns: Either docile and solitary, or active and sociable, forming gigantic, ravenous swarms.
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Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.
The death strike of a Cretaceous "hell ant" from 99 million years ago is preserved in amber, revealing how these demonic-looking ants hunted.
Not only does the fungus Massospora infect cicadas, eat their bodies and turn them into mind-controlled zombies, it forces them to attract more cicada victims.
Biologists named 5 newly-described species of Australian "assassin flies" after Thor, Loki and other Marvel heroes.
The stingless Tetragonula bees build nests in strange, spiral shapes. New research offers a reason why.
Researchers captured slow motion video of praying mantis strikes, revealing what makes these insects such effective predators.
A new paper gathers images of invasive Vespa hornet species worldwide, and offers clues to help identify them.
Sightings of Asian giant hornets in the state of Washington raise concerns that the enormous insects may be settling in North America.
Gynandromorphy produced a bee with half of its body displaying female features, and the other half of its body showing male traits.
Amber from Australia holds some of the continent's oldest known specimens of preserved plants and animals, and includes a pair of flies trapped while mating.
A pair of 99-million-year-old cave-dwelling cockroaches are rewriting the early history of when bugs first moved into caves.
After a group of worker ants became trapped in a sealed nuclear bunker in Poland, they formed a queen-free "colony" that survived through cannibalism.
Yellow jackets in Alabama may be in the midst of a colossal craze; they're making humongous "super nests" that can house 15,000 worker wasps, according to an entomologist there.
At first glance, centipedes and millipedes look alike with their numerous legs. But there are a few key differences between these squirmy creatures.