Bugs use their own defecation to defend their young, locate their homes and increase mating opportunities. For humans, insect faeces may even have untapped medicinal properties.
Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
Simple and inexpensive gene-editing technology such as CRISPR has made the creation of genetically modified organisms much easier. But could nature still keep the upper hand?
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
The theory that New Caledonia was a piece of land that separated from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana was a seductive one. But then a cockroach rose up to challenge it.
Nocturnal insects have eyes that act like cameras to enhance their light-gathering abilities.
Small animals are the fabric of the world around us. Without them everything would crumble.
They shoot, they score ... if there's a sugary reward at the end of it.
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
Some people have terrifying delusions they are infested with insects, spiders or even small animals. But help is available.
We have barely begun to tap into the pharmaceutical potential of the most diverse animals of all.
Insects have often been described with words like "disgusting" and the idea of eating them horrifies some people. But this needs to change as they can be an important food source.
This is what really works to beat the bite of summer mosquitoes!
Improvements in knowledge and control methods mean eradicating the Australian invasion is challenging, but still potentially feasible.
I'm an edible invertebrate ... get me away from there.
In the coming weeks, Parks Australia will release a 2mm wasp on Christmas Island to control the island's yellow crazy ant infestation.
While the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an increase in the average temperature this summer, entomologists are forecasting an increase in insect activity.
Insects developed technology long before we did, so perhaps they can show us how to use it without damaging the planet.