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  • Ever wonder how spiders breathe? Learn more about the respiratory system of spiders and how it works.

    How Spiders Breathe

    How Spiders Breathe

    by L Sarhan3

  • 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.

    How Long Do Ants Live?

    How Long Do Ants Live?

    by Cool Rare Animals1

  • 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.

    Goliath Birdeater Tarantulas Seldom Eat Birds

    Goliath Birdeater Tarantulas Seldom Eat Birds

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney0

  • 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.

    Bugs up Close and Why We Are Glad They're Small

    Bugs up Close and Why We Are Glad They're Small

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney2

  • 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

    Termites and Naphthalene (Mothballs)

    Termites and Naphthalene (Mothballs)

    by drdollars0

  • Look for these silky nests on the Thistle plants about the time that the Thistles are about to flower.When the caterpillars are close to pupating at the end of the fifth instar, they will become suddenly active as they search for a good location to transform into a chrysalis.

    Painted Lady Caterpillars to Butterflies: The Butterfly Lifecycle

    Painted Lady Caterpillars to Butterflies: The Butterfly Lifecycle

    by Mrs. Menagerie8

  • 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.

    The Fascinating Truth About the World's Oldest Pests: Cockroaches

    The Fascinating Truth About the World's Oldest Pests: Cockroaches

    by Theophanes Avery26

  • General information about the Queen Bee of the Apis mellifera a.k.a. the European Honey Bee. Shedding light on one particularly interesting bee.

    Meet the Queen Bee

    Meet the Queen Bee

    by Chris Andrews3

  • 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.

    Interesting Facts About Cicadas

    Interesting Facts About Cicadas

    by caseymel5

  • 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.

    Ants: Their History, Life, and Purpose

    Ants: Their History, Life, and Purpose

    by Theophanes Avery19

  • 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.

    8 Unusual Facts About Spiders

    8 Unusual Facts About Spiders

    by aa lite45

  • 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.

    How Smart Are Honey Bees?

    How Smart Are Honey Bees?

    by Catherine Giordano27

  • 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.

    Dragonfly Facts and Symbolism

    Dragonfly Facts and Symbolism

    by Melissa Flagg OSC52

  • 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.

    5 Badass Bugs—Scariest Insects on Earth

    5 Badass Bugs—Scariest Insects on Earth

    by George Lancaster10

  • 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.

    American Black Widow Spiders Bring Victory in World War I and II

    American Black Widow Spiders Bring Victory in World War I and II

    by Pilar Floyd29

  • The black widow and the brown recluse are the only two poisonous spiders in North Carolina. Good housekeeping can reduce the risk of being bitten by them.

    Poisonous Spiders in North Carolina

    Poisonous Spiders in North Carolina

    by Thomas Byers27

  • 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.

    The Jerusalem Cricket:  It's Really Just a Potato Bug

    The Jerusalem Cricket: It's Really Just a Potato Bug

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney7

  • The Sunshine State has all sorts of over-sized bugs and creep-crawlies. This article looks at the biggest spiders in Florida.

    6 Biggest Spiders in Florida

    6 Biggest Spiders in Florida

    by Paul Goodman11

  • 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.

    What Will Happen If Bees Become Extinct?

    What Will Happen If Bees Become Extinct?

    by Marcy Goodfleisch77

  • 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.

    How to Identify Maryland Spiders

    How to Identify Maryland Spiders

    by Thomas Byers7

  • 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.

    The Colorful Stinging Nettle Caterpillar Is No Clown

    The Colorful Stinging Nettle Caterpillar Is No Clown

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney0

  • 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....

    Why Do Aggressive Wasps Always Bother People?

    Why Do Aggressive Wasps Always Bother People?

    by Cindy Lawson157

  • Most people confuse bees, wasps, and hornets, but there are several significant differences between the three. This article was written to educate you about those differences.

    Hornets, Bees and Wasps:  Which Is Which?

    Hornets, Bees and Wasps: Which Is Which?

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney3

  • Do termites bite people? Are they harmful? What can you do to treat a termite bite? Find answers to all these questions and more. Also learn to identify the kind of termites infesting your home!

    Do Termites Bite People?

    Do Termites Bite People?

    by Brandon Lobo0

  • 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.

    The Paper Kite Butterfly

    The Paper Kite Butterfly

    by Paula10

  • Do centipedes bite? Yes, some do. Here's what you need to know about centipede bites, "Spooky Toxin," and when to worry.

    Do Centipedes Bite?

    Do Centipedes Bite?

    by GreenMind2

  • Exploring the diversity of insects that fly at dusk and into the night is enhanced by using an age old formula of 'moth-bait' painted onto tree trunks on a well known path.

    Moth Baiting: How to Create Moth Bait

    Moth Baiting: How to Create Moth Bait

    by Joseph G Kunkel0

  • 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.

    How Insects Use Chemicals to Survive

    How Insects Use Chemicals to Survive

    by Catherine Tally14

  • What are the most dangerous scorpions in the world? All of them look deadly, but there are only a few who can do any real damage. Here is a rundown of the deadliest scorpions in the world.

    Three of the Most Dangerous Scorpions in the World

    Three of the Most Dangerous Scorpions in the World

    by BuddySquid35

  • Spiders both fascinate and frighten people. Check out these weird, amazing, interesting and fun facts about spiders taken from science, history, literature and mythology with cool photos and videos.

    Top Ten Interesting and Fun Facts About Spiders

    Top Ten Interesting and Fun Facts About Spiders

    by Amanda Littlejohn34

  • 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

    Problems Caused by Invasive Insect Species in the UK

    Problems Caused by Invasive Insect Species in the UK

    by AnimalWrites12

  • Horsehair worms are long and slender animals that writhe and form shapes resembling knots with their body. They are parasites during part of their life cycle and at one point control the behaviour of their host.

    Parasitic Horsehair Worms: Life Cycle and Effects

    Parasitic Horsehair Worms: Life Cycle and Effects

    by Linda Crampton26

  • Carpet, flesh-eating, and trilobite beetles are strange and interesting insects. The first eats carpets and other items made of natural fibers, the second removes flesh from animal skeletons, and the third is reminiscent of prehistoric trilobites.

    Carpet, Flesh-Eating, and Trilobite Beetles: Strange Insects

    Carpet, Flesh-Eating, and Trilobite Beetles: Strange Insects

    by Linda Crampton20

  • 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.

    Five Freaky Facts About Ticks

    Five Freaky Facts About Ticks

    by Jill Spencer19

  • 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.

    The Yellow Garden Spider

    The Yellow Garden Spider

    by Jill Spencer41

  • 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.

    5 Little-Known Bee Facts

    5 Little-Known Bee Facts

    by Chris Andrews9

  • 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?

    Oh Firefly, Where Art Thou?

    Oh Firefly, Where Art Thou?

    by Jamie Brock134

  • 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.

    Saddleback Caterpillars: Admire Them From a Distance

    Saddleback Caterpillars: Admire Them From a Distance

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney0

  • 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.

    Ants Selectively Infected With Cordyceps "Zombie" Fungus

    Ants Selectively Infected With Cordyceps "Zombie" Fungus

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney0

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