Ants have something similar to blood, but it's called haemolymph. Some insects use it in unusual ways. When threatened by a predator, blister beetles can squirt haemolymph from their knees.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that can kill germs. It is found in two things many ants love to eat: nectar and honey dew.
The ants were a threat to many native species on Lord Howe Island. They were also a pest if they got into your home.
Ants have many tricks to deal with rain – like holding their breath, blocking nest entrances or drinking excess water and releasing it elsewhere by 'communal peeing.' But can they see rain coming?
New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
Insects aren't known for having big brains, and slime moulds and fungi don't have any. So how do they solve challenges that test the ingenuity of human transport engineers?
In an ant's world, the smaller you get the less you can see. So how does that affect an ant's ability to avoid hitting any obstacle as it walks about?
Ants have an incredible instinct to help their comrades.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
The things they'll do for love ...
Improvements in knowledge and control methods mean eradicating the Australian invasion is challenging, but still potentially feasible.
Insects developed technology long before we did, so perhaps they can show us how to use it without damaging the planet.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
Scientists have discovered two new types of ants in the rainforests of New Guinea thanks to an advanced X-ray imaging technique.
The navigation tactics of certain Australian ants could point the way to helping driverless cars find their way around.
Termite damage costs Australian homes at least a billion dollars each year – but they are absolutely vital for ecosystems.
Silverfish have disappeared from our homes as book-bindings - their favourite food - have improved.
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.