Eli Wyman with the elusive Wallace’s Giant Bee.
A bee the size of a human thumb was first described in Victorian times, but hadn't been seen since 1981. That is, until four biologists teamed up on a trek to Indonesia's North Molucca islands.
A buff tailed bumble bee emerges from a crocus covered in pollen.
For human planting to support bee diversity, we need to know which flowers the insects want to visit.
A recent report warned that insects 'could vanish by the end of the century'. Here's why that would cause a collapse of nature.
Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
A jumping spider, which uses sharp eyesight to hunt its prey.
The natural world depends on insects to function, but they may be the next casualty of climate change.
Insects are nutritious and many species contain relatively more protein than conventional meat sources.
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Because insects are an affordable and local food source rich in protein, they can be used as a meat replacement.
Can we have a count of all the honeycomb cells please?
Bee brains contain less than one million neurons. Despite this, new research shows the honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths, including addition and subtraction.
Head-to-head contact is the easiest way for lice to move from person to person.
Dr Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
Here are some tips to beat the bite of these bloodsuckers for as long as possible.
Nowhere for wildlife to Hyde.
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Keeping urban habitats such as parks neat and tidy by removing dead wood and leaves is driving the species which live there to extinction.
There’s a very good reason for those leg hairs.
Believe it or not, I have studied the hairy legs of spiders for years and can give you some definitive answers on this.
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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.
B. Prud’homme, J. Yamaguchi
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.