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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.
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Climate change threatens to cause mass extinctions – but how, exactly? New research suggests male fertility may be the weakest link.
Not many people realise ants can make their own medicine.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that can kill germs. It is found in two things many ants love to eat: nectar and honey dew.
In fact, it’s not even the moths eating your clothes.
If you see moths and their larvae near your clothes, it's a sign that it's time to wash all your clothes and air them out in the sun.
Stink bug sightings are on the rise. In winter, they tend to move indoors to wait out the cold weather.
With the onset of cooler temperatures and shorter days, some insects pack-up and migrate to warmer climates. Others, including stink bugs, take up residence in our homes.
When a fly’s feeling hungry, it will land on its food and vomit out a mix of saliva and stomach acids.
Bush flies and blowflies all vomit on their food, but other flies are a little more polite at the dinner table and don’t vomit at all.
Roasted mopane caterpillars are eaten in Livingstone, Zambia.
Insects are an excellent tool to fight hunger and malnutrition because they are abundant and nutritious.
Some Harlequin ladybugs,
Harmonia axyridis, have black elytra with two large red spots. Others have two additional red spots backwards, or are decorated with a dozen small red spots. Conversely, there are ladybugs with red elytra, decorated with 20 black spots. All these ladybugs belong to the same species.
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Where do the pretty colours of the harlequin ladybug come from? A single gene draws the colour patterns of this familiar insect.
An inch-long bloodsucker on the hunt for a meal.
Yes, giant mosquitoes are a thing. They're specialized to wait out the dry times only to emerge from their eggs when high water provides the perfect larval environment.
Trees have died in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., as climate change has intensified bark beetle infestations and drought.
As climate change alters temperature and precipitation patterns across the US, it is having especially severe impacts on national parks. These changes could happen faster than many plants and animals can adapt.
3D model of
They hovered in the skies of the Earth 300 million years ago... The giant dragonflies will soon be the stars of the paleontology gallery of France’s Natural History Museum in Paris.
Inside the pupa (or chrysalis), the caterpillar actually turns to liquid as it transforms into a butterfly or moth.
Scientists were not sure if an adult butterfly could remember things it learned as a caterpillar. Then a study by a team of US scientists found something very interesting.
A honey bee sniffs a cherry blossom.
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Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.
They're just one of many insects facing dramatic population decline.
Once the car is at steady speed, the insect doesn’t need to be pulled along anymore and it won’t be able to tell that the car is moving.
If the insect wants to stay right in front of your nose, it must fly forwards just a little bit when the car is speeding up. But when the car is at constant speed, it only needs to hover.
Not interested in your new favorite band.
An AC/DC-loving biologist tests the band's 1980 assertion that "rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution." Turns out it can be – and the negative effects of noise can ripple through an ecosystem.
Male spiny leaf insect, Extatosoma tiaratum.
Stick insects may be using birds to disperse their eggs, just as plant do.
The tiny mosquito can be a big summer nuisance.
Mosquito abundance is linked to climate and weather, and global climate change may be helping spread these dangerous carriers of disease.
Up to half of insect sex can involve two males but our study suggests it's probably less design and more a case of mistaken identity.
Harry Kane celebrating after scoring the winning goal against Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia.
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Footballers came under attack from a swarm of flies on the Volgograd pitch. But there's more to midges and gnats than meets the eye.