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.
Zombie ants are controlled by a fungus. Draculas eat the blood of their larvae. Some ants herd caterpillars or aphids and "milk" them. Leafcutter ants grow fungus to eat.
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.
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.
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.
Biting Midges are notoriously difficult to eradicate, but there are steps you can take to minimize their impact.
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.
General information about the Queen Bee of the Apis mellifera a.k.a. the European Honey Bee. Shedding light on one particularly interesting bee.
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.
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....
Gypsy moth caterpillars cause widespread defoliation of shade trees and forests, sapping strength from the trees and leading to their early demise. Yet 99% of the pests succumb to natural causes.
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.
How many eyes does a spider have? Why do they need so many eyes? Find these answers and see beautiful pictures of spiders' eyes.
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of people confuse locusts with cicadas, but they actually differ in many ways. Here are a few of the main differences.
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.
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!
Beauty can be found throughout nature. Butterflies and moths are a perfect example. Their delicate wings feature intricate patterns that can dazzle the eye and inspire the imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wonder how spiders breathe? Learn more about the respiratory system of spiders and how it works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Spiders are very beneficial and should not be killed. This article provides some interesting scientific facts about spiders, along with their symbolism.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.