They spread disease and misery and account for millions of deaths every year. There's not a lot to be said for mosquitoes.
Zika was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn't associated with outbreaks until 2007. So how did this formerly obscure virus wind up causing so much trouble in Brazil?
They’re small, spindly insects but their threat never dwindles – the bites of mosquitoes threaten death and disease in many parts of the world.
There's something about mosquitoes that means they don't get sick from the infections they carry. So can we turn that function off, genetically?
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
Could this relatively unknown virus become a household name in the Americas in the year to come?
A good summer picnic, bushwalk or barbecue with friends and family can all be ruined by those annoying flies that never leave you alone. So what are they after?
The ethics of genetically modified mosquitoes and the gene-drive technology that seeks to spread them.
New genetic technology could change the DNA of entire species to prevent them from spreading diseases.
While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
The irritating buzz that rings in your ear in the dead of the night comes from an insect barely traceable with your naked eye. Here are a few facts worth knowing about the mosquito.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
Several countries within southern Africa are on the brink of eliminating malaria. But there are several challenges ahead.
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.
Could climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread? While this an extremely important health question, the answer is far from simple.
The UK's recent heatwave is perfect for mosquito breeding but something far more dangerous may be coming.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.
Being bitten by mosquitoes may not be pleasant but they're after your unique microbial fingerprint.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.