Arthropods are the largest class of animals on the planet, with more than 80% of all known animal species belong to this class. With over a million species, arthropods inhabit all types of land-based and aquatic ecosystems, including our homes. They are commonly known as insects, bugs, or spiders.
The crypt-keeper wasp is a hyperparasite that controls another parasitic insect known as the crypt gall wasp. It tunnels its way through the host's head to escape from a gall.
You've seen an orange butterfly and you want to know what it is? Here's a quick and easy identification guide to 30 orange butterflies in Europe and North America.
The crucifix frog has a cross pattern on its body. It lives mostly underground but emerges during the rainy season. It makes a sticky substance that may have medical uses.
Do ants have lungs and blood? How can they lift things that are much bigger than them? Why do they keep bumping into each other? Discover the answers to these questions and find out more truly amazing facts about the lives of these tiny, crafty insects.
Over the past few decades, the number of undersea species have been steadily declining. Irresponsible human activities are driving these amazing creatures much closer to extinction. Learn more about some of the worlds most endangered marine animals.
This guide to identifying 21 beetle types is easy to use and accurate. Find out if your beetle is rare, if it might be a pest, and more.
Here are answers for many of the most commonly asked questions about caterpillars!
Katydids are solitary creatures. Rarely will you ever see more than one of them at any given time. And, their life is brief - most only live about a year. This article will give you some insight as to how that brief life is spent.
Hercules beetles are named after the hero of ancient myths. The male has horns that may be very long. The insects can change colour and are found in both the old and the new world.
If you found a striped caterpillar and you're wondering what it is, then this quick and easy-to-follow guide is for you. This guide will help you identify the caterpillars you find and teach you some fun facts about them along the way.
Named after the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk, the elephant hawk-moth caterpillar interestingly transforms into a colorful moth. Although, when the caterpillar's head recoils, two large eye-like markings behind the head suggest a snake-like animal, often frightening predators.
An informative article about mind-controlling fungi called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato that only affects ants in the Camponotini tribe causing strange behavior and ultimate death to any ant infected.
If you found a black or dark-colored caterpillar, this quick and easy guide can help you identify it.
Whirligig beetles are fun to watch as they scoot across the top of the water but when they feel threatened, they actually earn their name, as they swim erratically and wildly in circles. They can fly but prefer an aquatic life. This article explores all aspects of their life.
Horsehair worms are long and slender animals that writhe and form shapes resembling knots. One larval stage is a parasite that controls the behaviour of its arthropod host.
This is a quick and easy guide to identifying green caterpillars. If you found a green larva and you wonder what it is, this guide to identifying 18 common green caterpillars will help you.
Its hard to find a simple answer to the question, How long do ants live? It could depend on caste, habitat, diet, and a lot of other factors that differ from one species to another. Ants have been around for at least 100 million years, and to this day there are at least 12,000 different ant species.
An article about the Sydney funnel web spider (found in Sydney, Australia), which is one of the world's most deadly spiders. Unlike many other spiders, this one will actually charge its victim and deliver a full dose of painful venom, so it is best to avoid them whenever possible.
Their name implies that the Goliath birdeater tarantulas eat birds, and they do, but not as often as you might think. They also eat a lot of other things, such as lizards, frogs, insects, and pretty much anything else that's smaller than they are, which is a pretty long list.
The very colorful stinging nettle catterpillar will eventually become a very drab-looking moth, but while it is colorful and in the larval stage, stay as far away from it as you can because it's sting is extremely painful.
Saddleback caterpillars are great to look at, but not so great if you pick one up. They are loaded with extremely irritating venom and their hairs that will stick in your skin are their delivery system. So, stay away from them and teach your children to keep their distance from all caterpillars.
Puss and saddleback caterpillars are attractive insects. Unfortunately, they are stinging caterpillars. In some people, the sting can cause serious problems..
There are more than 300 known species of rhinoceros beetles, and they are among the largest of beetles, with some reaching lengths of more than six inches.
The portia spider is an intelligent jumping spider that feeds on other spiders and insects. Species of this spider with a legendary predatory reputation are found in many countries across the world.
The Jerusalem cricket is an interesting insect with bizarre looks that can be pretty frightening, but as long as you don't provoke them unnecessarily, they won't bite - and they aren't poisonous.
There are many reasons why mosquitoes bite some people and not others and this article will address several of those, such as the pests preferring blood Type O over all other types.
Hickory horned devil caterpillars look huge and ferocious, but are harmless; and being a caterpillar simply puts them closer to becoming beautiful, regal moths, so don't be afraid of them!
Bumble bees have surprisingly capable brains. They can play a simple version of soccer and pull a string to get a reward. They may even experience optimism.
Fear of spiders can be overcome, and this guide can help you do just that.
Wolbachia is a bacterium that infects mosquitoes. It prevents viral replication in its host and may protect us from dengue, Zika virus disease, and other illnesses.