Researchers are warning of a wipeout of huge numbers of insects. What's the evidence behind this alarm?
Killing insects, as the Big Wasp Survey asked people to do, contributed to many vital advances in science.
Allied forces wearing gas masks at Ypres, 1917.
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
United States Geological Survey
Nocturnal insects have eyes that act like cameras to enhance their light-gathering abilities.
Dr. Eijiro Miyak
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
Hoverflies have evolved to trick predators into thinking they have a sting in the tail – but the predators have fought back.
Studying the way insects hear and make their own sounds is inspiring new hearing technology.
Azteca ants, unsung heroes of coffee pest control.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
Fischer et al
Scientists have discovered two new types of ants in the rainforests of New Guinea thanks to an advanced X-ray imaging technique.
Working bee colonies.
Elina L. Nino
Honey bees, which pollinate many valuable crops, are threatened by parasites, pesticides and development. But selective breeding, more benign pesticides and better nutrition could help turn the tide.
They might get even bigger.
The chance discovery of an enormous stick insect has led to a breeding program that might lead to a world record for Australia.
Tiny termites build mega mounds.
They're the soil-builders that allow Africa's arid savannas to be lush grasslands. What do they do inside their huge mounds – and how does a collective mind allow them to do it?
Male enigma moth, a new species discovered on Kangaroo Island.
Amateurs and experts worked together to unravel the mystery of a new moth, the first discovery of its kind in 40 years.
Evolution isn’t necessarily progressive.
Evolution is often perceived as being a “directional” or “adaptive” process. We often think of species evolving to become stronger or faster, or to have sharper teeth, for example. And we tend to see this…
I’m just a sprayer, the pest manager does the thinking.
To most people pest management brings up images of rats, cockroaches and chemical spraying. Poisoning vermin and insect is only one minor, albeit important, aspect of pest management. Few people know about…
A neuropeptide that regulates sexual activity and reproduction in insects has been identified by a team of entomologists…
Who made this mess, and why?
Some natural phenomena are so familiar to us that they feature in our lives and culture, yet we know precious little about them. Sometimes we don’t even know how little we know. Take the subject of our…
Invertebrates can seem alien and “other”, but the world can’t get by without them.
Invertebrates are all around us – crawling, squirming and buzzing about their business. From forests canopies to ocean depths, they form about 80% of the known species on Earth. By virtue of their sheer…
Tiny snippets of genetic code called micro-RNAs are responsible for the highly scripted, age-dependent division of labour…
Leafcutter ants are known for cultivating complex gardens of fungi and bacteria. While scientists have known for over a century…