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.
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.
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.
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
If you found a wiggly, green creature, this quick and easy guide to identifying 16 common green caterpillars can help you identify it and the moth or butterfly it will grow into.
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.
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.
Cockroaches are fascinating insects. Some are pests and can transmit microbes that cause disease. One species is kept as a pet. Cockroach robots may be useful in the future.
If you found a black or dark-colored caterpillar, this quick and easy guide can help you identify it.
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.
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.
Insects and entomology are way UNDERRATED. Many perceive insects to be creepy and disgusting. However, travels, social interactions, environmental and social awareness come with this science. Explore the less known adventures in the world of insects now!
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.
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.
Biting Midges are notoriously difficult to eradicate, but there are steps you can take to minimize their impact.
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.
Here's how to raise your caterpillar to a butterfly or moth. This article gives advice on feeding and caring for your caterpillar.
Bees play a very important role in pollinating flowers, but the insects are disappearing. Pesticides may be at least partly responsible for this disappearance.
Do centipedes bite? Yes, some do. Here's what you need to know about centipede bites, "Spooky Toxin," and when to worry.
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.
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.
You found a caterpillar, and you want to know if it can sting you or your family. Identify that stinging caterpillar with the help of this quick and easy guide.
What are the most dangerous scorpions in the world? All of them look deadly, but there are only a few that can do any real damage. Here is a rundown of the deadliest scorpions in the world.
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!
You have seen zombies on film and TV shows, but have you seen real-life zombie ants? Continue reading to learn more.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 very beneficial and should not be killed. This article provides some interesting scientific facts about spiders, along with their symbolism.
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.
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.
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!
Now on the endangered list, small colonies of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly survive in only four states in the US. Can the forces that are destroying their wetlands be stopped?
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.
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.
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.
Ever wonder how spiders breathe? Learn more about the respiratory system of spiders and how it works.
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.
Camel spiders and whip scorpions are fascinating and strange arachnids. Whip scorpions are sometimes called vinegaroons because they release acetic acid when alarmed.
If you see yellow garden spiders in your garden, don't squash them! Be thankful. Argiope aurantia are large, bright, beautiful and beneficial predators. They are also a sign of healthy garden ecology.
Black Caterpillar with Spikes and Red Bands: What is it? Did you find a black fuzzy caterpillar? Does it look like this? If so, you might have a giant leopard moth caterpillar, also known as a great leopard moth or an eyed tiger moth (scientific...
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
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....
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.
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.
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.
Are the caterpillars in your garden toxic? Do they sting? Will they seriously damage your plants? The answers are in this easy and authoritative guide to garden caterpillars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puss and saddleback caterpillars are attractive insects. Unfortunately, they can hurt us because they are stinging caterpillars. A sting may create relatively minor problems, but in some people the sting can cause serious and potentially dangerous symptoms.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Black widow spiders, scientific name Latrodectus mactans, are among the most venomous of all arachnids. I have been working with insects and spiders for almost 20 years and I get a lot of questions about black widow spiders. This article addresses all of your black widow concerns and curiosities.
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.
A lot of people confuse locusts with cicadas, but they actually differ in many ways. Here are a few of the main differences.
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.
In the fall they disappear, and then in the spring they appear again. But what happens to all the insects during the cold, snowy winter months? Read more..
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.
Although we often think all spiders make webs, the majority of spiders do not. Here are the four kinds that do not make webs.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.