New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
Insects aren't known for having big brains, and slime moulds and fungi don't have any. So how do they solve challenges that test the ingenuity of human transport engineers?
Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
New research shows stingless bees will assassinate their queen if she makes the wrong royal match.
They shoot, they score ... if there's a sugary reward at the end of it.
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.
Insects developed technology long before we did, so perhaps they can show us how to use it without damaging the planet.
By working together, social insects are able to fix a small failure before it becomes a larger one.
Termite damage costs Australian homes at least a billion dollars each year – but they are absolutely vital for ecosystems.
To understand why insects sting and why the stings of such tiny animals hurt so much, we first needed a way to measure the pain they cause. So I created a sting pain index.