A new praying mantis has been identified based on female genitalia and named after Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an homage to her fight for gender equality, researchers said.
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A robotics team at Harvard University developed a method that would allow their insect-size flying robot — dubbed "RoboBee" — to conserve energy midflight, much as bees, bats and birds do.
To help them navigate, dung beetles take a snapshot of the positions of celestial bodies while "dancing" on top of a ball of dung, according to a new study.
A handheld device lets users communicate with fireflies by producing light pulses in patterns that mimic actual firefly signals.
A photo initiative is building a collection of high-resolution insect and spider images and placing them online for anyone to download and use for free.
Insects and spiders are ready for their closeups, in a photo collection of images that anyone can download and use for free.
Using high-speed cameras, scientists revealed that waterlily beetles use their wings to skim across the surface of the water like tiny skiers.
The sea butterfly, a tiny marine snail, has more in common with flying insects than you might expect, according to a new study investigating the creature's swimming technique.
You are likely sharing your home with hundreds of unseen arthropods — tiny accidental "squatters" that aren't pests at all.
During the age of the dinosaurs, three tiny mantises became engulfed in glops of sticky amber and stayed there, preserved, until researchers discovered the entombed critters millions of years later.
Scientists recently discovered a trap-jaw ant species that leaps with its legs, a behavior that is extremely rare in ants and previously unknown in the trap-jaw family.
Swarms of robots inspired by water-hopping insects could one day be used for surveillance, search-and-rescue missions and environmental monitoring, researchers say.
Deep beneath the surface of the Earth, in a dank and dismal cave, lives Hades, the invertebrate king of hell.
The FDA reassures people that the allowable defects in the U.S. food supply "present no health hazards for humans." But these defects still seem pretty gross.
Fried tarantulas, baked cockroaches and grasshopper kabobs are on the menu for the Explorers Club annual dinner this weekend.