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.
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.
New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
He comes in peace.
This Speed Read makes the case why you should be nice to spiders you encounter in your home and consider a live-and-let-live policy.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Lepidoptera insects are at least 70m years older than we previously knew.
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…