We like to think that all creatures play a role in the local ecosystem. We're especially interested in insects that provide a benefit for people too. But that's not always how it is.
Ticks are generally inactive in the winter and start to look for their next meal as temperatures warm up. But as winters warm, every season may become tick season.
Significant new insights are emerging for the treatment of malaria, and eventually its eradication.
Parasites can tip the scales and take advantage of their hosts, stealing nutrients or resources. But can they control minds?
Only when flowering is Pilostyles visible externally, the flowers erupting from the stems of its host like a weird botanical Alien.
A new treatment which targets proteins in cells could be key for future schistosomiasis treatment.
New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
The nematode that can turn slugs into zombies.
A stomach-churning viral video of an Oregon woman who describes removing cattle eyeworms from her eye has renewed interest in parasites that jump from animals to humans. Here's all you need to know.
In biology, the study of these very special sperm cells makes it possible to learn more about species such as parasitic worms.
Parasites are not only a personal health problem – they are political too.
No, it's extremely rare to contract a parasitic infection from eating sushi or sashimi in Australia.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi leaves many questions about the saga in a galaxy far, far away unanswered. Fortunately, biology may offer a insights on the Force, midi-chlorians, clones, and Rey's lineage.
Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend.
Humans play host to many little passengers. Right now, you’re incubating, shedding or have already been colonised by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal microorganisms - perhaps even all of them.
Snail shells appear to be part of the creatures' immune system.
Genetic analysis is getting cheaper and can provide real-time surveillance of drug resistance.
From losing inhibitions and anger to schizophrenia and dementia – science is uncovering the role small critters play in a range of illnesses and behaviours.
There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Scientists are making the terrifying useful.