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.
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.
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.
Climate change threatens to cause mass extinctions – but how, exactly? New research suggests male fertility may be the weakest link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
Nocturnal insects have eyes that act like cameras to enhance their light-gathering abilities.
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
Hoverflies have evolved to trick predators into thinking they have a sting in the tail – but the predators have fought back.
Studying the way insects hear and make their own sounds is inspiring new hearing technology.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.