From their host-finding antics to their survival skills, ticks are amazing creatures. In some ways, they're practically superheroes of the insect world (evil superheroes, that is) with a thirst for adventure and some, well ... pretty incredible super-tick powers.
Spiders are fascinating animals that help us by removing harmful insects from the environment. Spider silk is very strong and is potentially useful for humans.
The black widow spider and the brown recluse spider are the two poisonous spiders in our state. Good housekeeping can reduce the risk of being bitten by them.
Formosan termites may not worry about moth holes in their sweaters, but they are the first insects discovered to fumigate their nests with naphthalene. Scientists have discovered that termites, like the Formosan Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes formosanus), produce naphthalene - a hydrocarbon - which they apparently use as a defense against natural enemies, such as ants. People use the compound to rid human nests of carpet beetles and clothes moths, and to repel intruders such as bats and star
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 vapourer moth is the opposite of the ugly duckling: beautiful caterpillars turn into the ugliest female moths you'll ever meet. The males are quite pretty, though.
Biting Midges are notoriously difficult to eradicate, but there are steps you can take to minimize their impact.
An interesting hub on velvety cushion like mites called the Red velvet mites, that are found in almost all terrestrial habitat and belong to the family Trombidiidae
Ensign Wasps are small black insects that look a bit like spiders with wings. They do not sting but are useful because they kill cockroaches.
It may read like science fiction, but these fascinating examples of insect behavior come from the dedicated study by the late Thomas Eisner, the Father of Chemical Ecology.
The paper kite butterfly is one of my very favorite butterflies. They are black and white, but large and lovely. They are attracted to beautiful, colorful flowers and a joy to observe.
There are now many invasive insect species in Britain, and they can have a big impact on the environment. So let's have a look at what damage they cause and how they are affecting native species
The top 5 scariest and deadliest bugs on this earth. A list compiled from many sources to deliver to you a nightmare-inducing read that will surely have you quaking in your boots.
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.
Green, huge caterpillars in Arizona gardens have many enemies not the least of whom are the gardeners. If these hornworm caterpillars survive and pupate, they become moths with hummingbird skills.
Ants may have been the first creatures to learn how to work together in a colony, build cities, and practice agriculture. Learn this and many more fascinating facts about ants here.
Honey bees are very smart despite having tiny brains. They can learn; they have good memories, and they can communicate using a unique symbolic language.
General information about the Queen Bee of the Apis mellifera a.k.a. the European Honey Bee. Shedding light on one particularly interesting bee.
So why do aggressive wasps always bother people? This article explores not only the problem itself, but how to avoid it and why we as humans largely cause much of the problem ourselves....
Luna Moths are beautiful creatures. You will want to look closely at the photo and see the eye spots on the top wings as well as underneath. Find out more about this fascinating and large moth!
Ever wonder how spiders breathe? Learn more about the respiratory system of spiders and how it works.
Bees play a very important role in pollinating flowers, but the insects are disappearing. Pesticides may be at least partly responsible for this disappearance.
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.
Few people are aware of how black widow spiders contributed to the World War II effort, but they had a significant impact. In fact, a LIFE magazine article published on August 30thof 1943 credited each of several government employed arachnids with spinning between 100 and 180 feet of thread a week.This thread was then used to make cross hairs in the gunsights of U.S. Army instruments of war.
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.
The banana spider is famous for its beautiful web, which appears to be golden when it shines in the sun. The spider's venom is of the same type as that of a black widow, but much weaker.
Honey bees are an amazing insect that is gaining support because of their importance in agriculture and producing food. Here are five interesting facts that most people don't know.
If we don't have bees, we won't have food. Amazing facts on the frightening loss of bees across the globe. Story and video on why we need bees.
Many slugs play a helpful role in their environment, although some are pests. Researchers are hoping to create useful items based on slug slime and movement.
A lot of people confuse locusts with cicadas, but they actually differ in many ways. Here are a few of the main differences.
Identify that furry or fuzzy caterpillar you found with the help of this quick, easy, and authoritative guide.
Once you've managed to overcome your fear of spiders, they turn out to be fascinating creatures. Here's 8 unusual facts about these arachnids.
Spiders are very beneficial and should not be killed. This article provides some interesting scientific facts about spiders, along with their symbolism.
Learn about dragonflies, what they eat and how they fly as well as the type of habitat in which they live. We'll also explore some of the more popular myths and legends surrounding the dragonfly.
Honey bees are complex and fascinating creatures. Here are 20 questions--with answers-- to help you understand honey bees and their place in our world.
The queen bee is the mother of the honey bee hive. The life cycle of the queen bee and her affect upon the hive is fascinating. These FAQ will explain all.
How many eyes does a spider have? Why do they need so many eyes? Find these answers and see beautiful pictures of spiders' eyes.
The only naturally occurring poisonous spider in Maryland is the Black Widow spider. Learn how to identify several other spider species, their habitats, behaviors, and what you can do to deter them.
If you're not afraid of bugs, you might be after you read this article and find out what they look like up close. Brave photographers have made that possible, using macro photography.
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.
Cockroaches. They may be icky but they've got a lot of tricks up their hard little sleeves and you might be shocked to know what they're capable of and where they came from. Turn your repulsion to fascination right here with one click. I dare you.
Although we often think all spiders make webs, the majority of spiders do not. Here are the four kinds that do not make webs.
Cicadas come out once every 13 or 17 years. I have learned a lot about Cicadas through my children and just being in an area that has tons of Cicadas.
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!
Fireflies are some of the most fascinating insects you will ever see if you have been fortunate enough to see one. Unfortunately, they are not as common as they once were. Where have all of the fireflies gone?
Although cockroaches are often seen as disgusting creatures, there are a lot of fascinating truths and fun facts you still don't know about them. Learn more about this amazing creature here.
If you see yellow garden spiders in the landscape, don't squash them! Be thankful. Argiope aurantia are large, bright & beautiful beneficial predators. They are also a sign of healthy garden ecology.