If warmer weather is your sign to reach for the pesticide, think again. From better soil to your own army of beneficial bugs, here are five reasons to put down the insect spray.
Some insects wear gory disguises and macabre masks year round, not just at Halloween.
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.
Bees sting other animals, including humans, when they think there might be a threat to their hive. But Evie, age 8, wonders if bees ever accidentally sting other bees.
The caterpillar and the butterfly: two forms, a single individual? A biologist and a philosopher explore this paradox.
Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49%. However, with some species losses can climb up to 100%.
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.