Scientists need your help to protect Australia’s insects and track their numbers.
Insects are vital to sustaining life on Earth – and their numbers are falling fast. So consider ditching the fly spray and see what you can do to help.
Maggots are a major part of the puzzle when it comes to collecting forensic evidence.
Trust Me, I’m An Expert: forensic entomology, or what bugs can tell police about when someone died.
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James Wallman is one of Australia's few forensic entomologists. It’s his job to unpack the tiny clues left behind by insects that can help police solve crimes.
One of the most influential agricultural entomologists in history was an insatiably curious and fiercely independent woman named Eleanor Anne Ormerod. She never went to school - nor was she paid for her work.
A firefly’s light is part of its mating strategy.
For many people, the gentle blinks of fireflies flashing are a favorite part of summer evenings. An entomologist explains some lightning bug basics.
Is this dragonfly thriving, or just hanging on?
Alarm bells went off when several recent studies reported mass insect die-offs in different parts of the world. But reports of an 'insect apocalypse' have been greatly exaggerated.
A colour portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by Dutch artist Jacobus Houbraken, circa 1700.
Maria Sibylla Merian's meticulous observations laid the groundwork for the fields of entomology, animal behaviour and ecology. But the legacy of this scientific superhero has been sidelined by sexism.
A recent report warned that insects 'could vanish by the end of the century'. Here's why that would cause a collapse of nature.
Scientists are raising Miami blue butterflies in captivity and reintroducing them in south Florida.
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How do you pack butterflies for shipping, or frogs for an overland hike to a new habitat? Three scientists explain how they keep threatened species safe on the road and in the air.
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Climate change threatens to cause mass extinctions – but how, exactly? New research suggests male fertility may be the weakest link.
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.
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.
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Nocturnal insects have eyes that act like cameras to enhance their light-gathering abilities.